Man gets life in prison for brutal death of Tucson AutoZone worker in 2018

Man gets life in prison for brutal death of Tucson AutoZone worker in 2018
Eric Kendrick Reino (Source: Tucson Police Department)

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - A man who pleaded guilty to several charges related to a murder in 2018 has been sentenced.

A Pima County Superior Court judge on Monday, Aug. 24, sentenced Eric Kendrick Reino to life in prison for his role in the death of Timothy Abriola.

Timothy Abriola, 66, was killed during a carjacking in Tucson in April 2018.
Timothy Abriola, 66, was killed during a carjacking in Tucson in April 2018. (Source: Tucson Police Department)

Reino and Isaiah Jordan Franko kidnapped Abriola on April 26, 2018, from the parking lot of an Auto Zone at 902 East Second Street, where he worked. Abriola was robbed, assaulted and then killed with a machete.

Reino pleaded guilty on July 23 to first-degree murder, robbery, attempted robbery, vehicle theft and abandonment/concealment of a body.

Isaiah Jordan Franko
Isaiah Jordan Franko (Source: Tucson Police Department)

On Jan. 6, a jury found Franko guilty of first-degree murder, armed robbery, kidnapping, robbery, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, vehicle theft, abandonment/concealment of a body, attempted aggravated robbery and attempted burglary.

In March, Franko was sentenced to life with the possibility of release after 25 years.

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