Judge Robert Cupp sentenced a Johnson City man to life in prison Wednesday following a guilty verdict on a seven-year-old murder charge.
Poncho Delgado, 44, was found guilty of first-degree murder for the in the May 25, 2006, stabbing death of Robert Curtis. Emergency personnel responded to Curtis’ East Fairview Avenue home that night on a fire call. Prosecutors and investigators said Delgado stabbed Curtis to death, then set his house on fire.
Delgado also was found guilty of arson. Cupp sentenced Delgado to three years in prison on the arson charge to be served concurrently with the life sentence. Cupp's sentence on the murder charge included the possibility of parole.
Two days of testimony concluded Tuesday, and Cupp recessed court in lieu of having closing arguments late in the afternoon. Delgado had taken the stand in his own defense. The trial resumed at 9 this morning, and the case went to the jury around 11:15 a.m.
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Press Staff Writer Becky Campbell reported live this week from the Delgado trial at the Jaynes Justice Center in Jonesborough. Follow her on Twitter @CampbellinCourt.
Live updates from this afternoon's court proceedings:
2:51 p.m. - Delgado rolled out of courtroom by officers; taken back to jail.
2:50 p.m. - Judge sentences Delgado to 3 years on arson, concurrent to life sentence.
2:49 p.m.- Jury also finds Delgado guilty of arson.
2:48 p.m. - Judge imposes life in prison with possibility of parole.
2:46 p.m.- Jury: guilty of first degree murder
Jurors have informed Judge Robert Cupp that they have reached a verdict in the Poncho Delgado murder trial in Washington County Criminal Court.