Bryan Taylor, Canyon County Prosecutor, announced today that Jesus Avila, age 31, of Nampa, was sentenced by the Honorable George A. Southworth for the felony crime of First Degree Murder.

Mugshot of Jesus Avila

Jesus Avila

Judge Southworth sentenced Avila to life in prison, with the first 25 years fixed.  Judge Southworth also ordered Avila to pay fines and court costs in the amount of $500 as well as $300 in reimbursement costs for his public defender.

Avila was arrested in late June 2016 in Yakima, WA on a felony warrant that was issued for his arrest following the murder of 25-year-old Ricardo Keith in Nampa on June 22, 2016.  Authorities say Avila got out of his vehicle near the intersection of Florida Avenue and Ivy Street and shot Keith while he was sitting inside his own vehicle.  Avila then fled the scene.  Keith died a short time later from a single gunshot wound to the head.  A female passenger who was also inside Keith’s vehicle at the time was not injured.

During sentencing, Judge Southworth stated, “It’s quite obvious that Mr. Avila constitutes a real substantial danger to society.  This was nothing less than a cold blooded senseless murder.  I understand that there are gang relationships possibly involved; a firearm when the defendant wasn’t even to possess firearms; drugs involved; that’s what happens when these things combined.”

“Mindless acts of violence like the one Mr. Avila committed have no business in our society, particularly when the result in the loss of an innocent life,” said Prosecutor Bryan Taylor.  “I’m thankful the court can see the danger he poses, and this sentence will ensure he’s behind bars for a very, very long time.”