Life in prison for Avila murderer

- A Tampa man has been sentenced to life in prison for fatally shooting his boss and her husband.

A Hillsborough County judge sentenced 35-year-old Julian Ospina-Florez on Friday, following a jury's recommendation. The same panel convicted him earlier this week of first-degree murder.

Hector and Debra Rivera were found dead at their Tampa mansion in January 2012.

Ospina-Florez had worked for Debra Rivera as her driver and helper in her jewelry business. He called 911 after the shootings, claiming he had been tied up by an unknown assailant.

But authorities say the murder weapon -- a gun found in a drawer -- belonged to Ospina-Florez, and a box of ammunition with 10 rounds missing was found inside his car.

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