A Jefferson Circuit Court jury recommended that a Louisville man convicted in the murder of a man off Outer Loop last year spend at least 35 years in prison.
The jury, which deliberated over two days, decided against recommending a potential death penalty for Carey McNeil, who was convicted Friday of assault, robbery and murder in the death of Isais Perez Gallegos.
But jurors deadlocked in determining how many years McNeil should serve in prison. McNeil faces a minimum of 35 years for the murder conviction and, if the other charges are tacked on instead of running the same time, he could serve a maximum of 69 years in prison.
Judge Barry Willett will determine the sentence, which was scheduled to be heard June 23.
McNeil will be eligible for parole in 20 years.
McNeil is one of three men charged in the shooting and bludgeoning deaths of Gallegos and another man and an assault on a third at the Jefferson Square Apartments.
Gallegos, 50, was beaten with a hammer on Jan. 12, 2007, after refusing to tell the three men where drugs were, according to court records.
The jury found McNeil, 21, not guilty of shooting to death Isaac Vidaurri Perez, 28, but he was found guilty of assaulting another man, Angel Martinez.
One of McNeil’s co-defendants, Jesus Francisco Solis, was sentenced last week to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to two charges of murder, assault, robbery, kidnapping and tampering with evidence.
A third defendant, Antonio-Marco Solis-Lopez, is believed to be in Mexico.