PHILADELPHIA A Southwest Philadelphia auto mechanic who admitted killing a SEPTA trolley driver on orders of the driver's jilted girlfriend was sentenced Wednesday to 30 to 60 years in prison.
Miguel Gonzalez, 39, said nothing before Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Benjamin Lerner sentenced him in the May 31, 2012, shooting of Aaron Hayes Sr.
The sentence was negotiated by Assistant District Attorney Gail Fairman and defense attorneys Susan Ricci and Francis Carmen as part of Gonzalez's guilty plea to third-degree murder and conspiracy.
Hayes, 52, a 27-year SEPTA employee, was killed shortly before 5 a.m. as he left for work from his house in the 7100 block of Elmwood Avenue, which he had shared for 17 years with Desiree Hicks. Despite the hour, several people saw Hayes' slaying, including a fellow trolley driver, Fairman said.