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Decades old murder case of police officer comes to an end

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MIAMI (WSVN) -- A South Florida family did not hold back their emotions as the case of a man accused of murdering a South Florida police officer came to an end after nearly three decades, Wednesday.

According to prosecutors, Dennis Escobar shot and killed Victor Estefan during a traffic stop in Little Havana back in 1988.

Escobar accepted a guilty plea deal in court, accepting to serve 37 years in a Florida prison.

The case has been in the judicial system for quite some time after a prior mistrial and retrial.

Estefan's son and grandson expressed their feelings towards Escobar during the closing end of the trial. Both felt the deal was not fair, and they feel Escobar instead should be serving life in prison, if not the death penalty.

"You have no conscious, I hope you rot in hell," said Angel Estefan Jr. to Escobar.

Outside the courtroom, Estefan Jr. expressed his thoughts on speaking to Escobar face to face. "I was looking at Lucifer in the flesh," he said.

Angel Estefan, Victor's son, felt justice was not properly served. "The system failed us today," said Estefan. "By cutting this guy 37 years is nothing. He killed my father. You kill a policeman when I was young, you get life in prison or you get the death sentence."

Miami Police Chief Manuel Orosa was also in attendance. Orosa and Estefan had been close friends. "I knew Victor [Estefan] before I was a cop, and I knew Victor while I was a cop," he said. "We used to play football on the streets in Little Havana and Victor would come around and keep us safe and talk to us and tell us be careful of cars, etc. In the police department, we would talk about those times, and I was always grateful to him, so to me, personally, it's a difficult, sad situation."

Orosa and Estefan served on the force together for eight years.

Dennis Escobar will be sent to California to finish two consecutive life sentences there for a series of crimes he committed, essentially spending the rest of his life behind bars.


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