Victim: Peter Kelly

3 charged/convicted for murder

Perpetrator: Marcelo Romero-Vieira

Crime Description:

While staying at the Budget hotel in Bartow,Fl, two illegal alien males kicked in his door and hit him over the head with a lamp and then stabed him in his throat where he bleed to death while their two illegal alien girlfriends stood outside his room.  All of this just to steal his truck



Man Gets 22 Years In Hotel Slaying

Marcelo Romero-Vieira pleads no contest to second-degree murder in death of Peter Kelly.

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2007 at 3:15 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 18, 2007 at 5:46 a.m.

BARTOW - Marcelo Romero-Vieira, one of three defendants charged with robbing and killing an Orlando man at a Bartow hotel in 2004, pleaded no contest to second-degree murder and armed robbery Wednesday, and was sentenced to 22 years in prison.

 Romero-Vieira was sentenced in Judge Susan Roberts' courtroom.

Samuel Lugo, a friend of Romero-Vieira's, was also charged in the murder of Peter Kelly and faced the death penalty before a judge agreed to aquit him.

Lugo's common-law wife, Milneg Sanchez, was found guilty of first-degree murder and robbery in the case, and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

On Feb. 7, 2004, Kelly paid for a motel room for himself and another room for Lugo and Sanchez, and was buying beer for the couple and partying with them shortly before the murder, according to prosecutors.

Lugo and Romero-Vieira admit they were in Kelly's room with him the night of his slaying, but each blamed the other for the brutal attack on Kelly.

At some point that night, Kelly was hit on the head and stabbed in the neck with a knife. His body was found the next day by motel employees, and his truck was stolen.

Romero-Vieira admitted during Lugo's trial that Lugo drove Kelly's truck to his house in Bartow and parked it in the garage.

Lugo's case went to trial but was never heard by a jury because Roberts ___GRANTed a defense lawyer's motion asking for a judgement of acquittal. Lawyer Lawrence Shearer claimed in his motion that the state had not proved there was enough evidence to show that Lugo was guilty of armed robbery or murder in the death of Peter Kelly.

Romero-Vieira, 29, was originally charged with first-degree murder in the case and faced life in prison.