Bryan Taylor, Canyon County Prosecutor, announced today that Angelo Cervantes, age 21, of Nampa, was sentenced by the Honorable Juneal C. Kerrick for the felony crimes of First Degree Murder, Second Degree Kidnapping, and Aggravated Assault. Cervantes pleaded guilty to the charges back in May.
Judge Kerrick sentenced Cervantes to 15 years fixed, followed by life indeterminate, on the First Degree Murder charge, along with 15 years fixed on the Second Degree Kidnapping charge and 5 years fixed on the Aggravated Assault charge. All three sentences will run concurrently for a total unified sentence of 15 years fixed, plus life indeterminate. Judge Kerrick also ordered Cervantes to pay nearly $3,700 in restitution, as well as court costs and fees.
Cervantes was arrested along with his co-defendant, Raul Herrera, in December 2014 following an investigation by the Nampa Police Department into the death of 46-year-old Jeffery Dyer. The investigation revealed that Cervantes and Herrera broke into Dyer’s home on November 8 and beat him to death after the Dyer allegedly ripped them off in a drug deal. Cervantes and Herrera then tied up Dyer and loaded him in the trunk of his own car, before driving it to an Ontario strip mall and ditching it in the parking lot. The vehicle and Dyer’s body were discovered by Ontario Police on Nov. 9. During an interview with police, Cervantes admitted that both he and Herrera were responsible for the attack, but that it was Herrera who killed Dyer with a collapsible baton. Herrera is still awaiting sentencing.
“Our hearts go out to the family of the victim in this senseless murder,” said Prosecutor Bryan Taylor. “We wish we had the ability to bring Mr. Dyer back, but since we can’t, hopefully this sentence can provide some closure to his family.”