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Ohio man gets 21 years to life in slaying of 2 teenagers

Victor Santana, 65, shot and killed two 17-year-old s when he found the inside his detached garage in August 2019.
Credit: Montgomery County Jail

DAYTON, Ohio — An Ohio man convicted of murdering two teenagers inside his detached garage has been sentenced to 21 years to life in prison.

Sixty-five-year-old Victor Santana of Dayton was sentenced Monday in Montgomery County Court on convictions of murder and felonious assault in the deaths of Devin Henderson and Javier Harrison.

Prosecutors had sought the maximum term of 36 years to life.

Prosecutors said the defendant shot the two 17-year-olds when he found them inside his detached garage late at night in August 2019.

His attorney said he feared the teens would attack, but a witness said he fired without warning.

Prosecutors said he didn’t give the teens a chance to say they only planned to smoke marijuana in the vehicle and didn’t mean him any harm. 

Santana wanted to use the state’s new “stand your ground” defense but a judge ruled earlier this year that it couldn’t be applied retroactively.

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