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Family finds justice after double murder in Lafayette

Franco Navarrete, 50, will spend the rest of his life in prison for the murder of his wife's mother and brother.

Posted: Jun 6, 2019 4:04 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A Lafayette family is attempting to heal now that the man who murdered their two loved ones is locked away for life.

Franco Navarrete, 50, was sentenced to 120 years for shooting and killing his wife's mother and brother in 2017.

Catalina Campuzano Lujano and Gustavo Sanchez Campuzano were shot to death outside a home on Eastwich Drive in Lafayette.

The family still lays flowers and crosses where it happened.

Thursday, Judge Randy Williams considered the impact this double murder had on the family. He weighed Navarrete's lack of criminal history. He also noted the fact Navarrete provided for his family and called 911 hours after the murders to tell police he needed to go to jail.

Judge Williams said he understood that call as remorse for his crimes.

Tippecanoe County Prosecutor Patrick Harrington asked for 130 years in prison but the judge ordered 120.

"He did this to basically tear this family apart," said Harrington. "And it did. They suffered the loss of their father, their husband, their uncle, their grandmother."

Harrington wants to thank the family for their support during the case. He said there was a lot of evidence against Navarette but finding the gun was rare. 

"Guns have been recovered but most guns are recovered later on in a different city or different area that have been used in another crime and that's how it comes into law enforcement," said Harrington. "This gun was actually discovered by a farmer."

A family member spoke in court on behalf of all of his relatives. He said before this happened they were all happy but now it's not the same. He said they trust that justice will be made so that Navarrete cannot harm anyone else or destroy more families.

Navarrete chose not to speak at his sentencing but he does plan to appeal it.

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