Dylan McFarlane, the second man convicted of killing a couple during a ruthless carjacking in Miami Gardens, is headed to prison for the rest of his life.
A judge on Monday sentenced McFarlane, 22, to life in prison for the slayings of Kennia Duran and Julian Soler, who were shot to death at a Mobil station in July 2011. The hearing was short – by law, Circuit Judge Miguel de la O had to mete out the mandatory life term.
In March, a jury convicted him of first-degree murder and other felonies after more than 13 hours of deliberations. He was was part of a band of robbers who went on a crime spree that culminated in the attack after Soler pulled his 1997 Mustang Cobra into the Mobil station.
Duran and Soler had their hands up in surrender when they were shot to death. Prosecutors believe McFarlane was the one who shot Duran, a 24-year-old mother of one.
With no confession, DNA, fingerprints or eyewitnesses, authorities had but a circumstantial case against McFarlane.
During two weeks of testimony, jurors viewed detailed cell phone evidence showing that McFarlane called the co-defendants before the shooting and that his phone was used just minutes before the killing less than a mile away. Prosecutors say McFarlane also confessed that he was one of the shooters to a jailhouse informant.
Miami-Dade prosecutors, in a separate trial last year, also convicted Eric Ellington of murder. Ellington, who was just 16 at the time, is now serving a life sentence. Because he was a minor, a judge may likely review his sentence after he has served 25 years.
A third man, Wayne Williams, pleaded guilty and got a 17-year prison term. He is trying to withdraw his plea.