Wichita Falls District Judge Bob Brotherton today sentenced Robert Alvarado to a maximum sentence of 20 years in the Texas penitentiary for tampering with or fabricating physical evidence for covering up the killing of his daughter-in-law, according to a report today, Wednesday, Aug. 21 by Channel 3 TV News, the NBC affiliate in Wichita Falls, Texas. Alvarado pled guilty Friday to the charge for which he was sentenced to prison in 30th District Court of Wichita Falls today, according to the Wichita Falls Times Record News newspaper today, Aug. 21.
The sentencing hearing began Tuesday morning (yesterday) and ended today with sentencing by Judge Brotherton. Judge Brotherton, who is the presiding judge of the 30th District Court, will be back in Dallas Friday at 9 a.m. to continue the contempt hearing of Dallas District Attorney Craig Watkins.
The story of the Alvarado case has included a series of tragedies. Danielle Hill Alvarado, 28 was killed Jan. 24, 2010 in her home in the 1700 block of Polk Street. Testimony elicited during the dramatic hearing included the fact that Robert Alvarado dug a grave with his son Jonathan into which they then placed the body of Jonathan's wife Danielle.
According to Robert it took the father and son approximately an hour to dig the grave where they placed her body several days after her death.
A second death occurred in May of 2011 when Jonathan Alvarado hanged himself. His father was the person who found him.
Robert disclosed that Jonathan went to a family member's nearby house when he informed him he killed Danielle. Alvarado contemplated going to the police with his crucial information at that time but decided against it because of loyalty to his son. He was concerned for his son's life.
Danielle's body was discovered based on information provided by Jonathan Alvarado's sister in whom he confided. He reportedly corroborated his story by showing her the makeshift gravesite where his wife was buried.
Wichita Falls Police Department Detective Allen Killingsworth worked the case and explained to the court how the body was found.
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