Man sentenced to life in prison for Tigard murder
A suspect in the 2015 murder of Luis Alberto Aguilar-Estrada pleaded guilty to the crime Friday, May 12.
Court records indicate Brennan Surface, 23, pleaded guilty to murder and was convicted Friday by Judge Andrew R. Erwin in Washington County Circuit Court.
The Oregonian/OregonLive that Brennan was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 25 years before he is eligible for parole.
Surface was arrested May 11, 2016, along with Mariah Lynn Molina and Charlz Laverne Warbonnet, on murder charges related to the shooting death of Aguilar-Estrada in December 2015.
Aguilar-Estrada was reportedly found dead in his Tigard apartment, at the Pacific Village apartments on McKenzie Street, by his brother on Dec. 15, 2015. Tigard police said he had been shot in the head at close range.
Police suspected Surface and Warbonnet, both Portland residents, had been asked by Molina to kill her husband over a child custody dispute. Surface was dating Molina at the time and Warbonnet was a friend of hers, according to police.
Molina, who lived in Fairview at the time of her arrest, had lost custody of Aguilar-Estrada's children the week before Aguilar-Estrada's murder, after having been investigated by the Oregon Department of Human Services, a Tigard police spokesman told The Times at the time.
Molina and Warbonnet are scheduled for trial in October. Both have pleaded not guilty to murder charges.
Surface's plea agreement last week stipulates he will not be called as a witness if the trial is held, according to The Oregonian/OregonLive's report.
Brennan also faces nine charges in Multnomah County, including assault and attempted murder, in connection with a January 2016 shooting near Portland's Pier Park. He has pleaded not guilty to those charges.