A young Marine flew into town to spend time with his mom and other relatives. As he left an apartment to check on a friend, he was gunned down.
Now, the man who killed the active-duty soldier will spend decades in prison.
This month, a judge in Idaho sentenced 22-year-old Devon Arnold for the murder of Marine Lance Cpl. Davis Mosqueda. The 20-year-old was shot and killed in December 2020 in Boise, Idaho.
Arnold was sentenced to 40 years in prison and has to serve 15 years before becoming parole eligible.
Mosqueda was stationed in Washington D.C. and flew to Boise a few days before Dec. 30, 2020, to spend time with his family, according to KTVB. He was visiting his mom and other relatives.
He was leaving an apartment along Fairview Avenue around 1 a.m. to check on a friend who was talking to Arnold. Arnold approached Mosqueda in the parking lot and shot him four times, the Marine was unarmed, according to KTVB.
The motive for the shooting was not clear in various reports. Arnold was arrested at the scene and has been held in jail since the shooting.
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During his sentencing hearing, the killer said he was remorseful for taking the young man’s life.
“There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t regret my actions,” Arnold said, according to the Idaho Statesman. “I could’ve done something different. I wish I had.”
However, Mosqueda’s parents told the killer the death was senseless and ridiculous, according to the Statesman. The victim’s mom, Monica, said that Arnold stole a life from their family.
“The fact that (Arnold) doesn’t feel his future should be forever marked by this is unfortunate, because our lives are forever marked. Davis is gone,” she said.
However, John Mosqueda, the victim’s fathe,r told the Statesman he felt the sentence was too lenient, “my son didn’t do anything wrong.”
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