Mercado, Reyes sentenced for murder of Wilkes-Barre man

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WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Reynaldo Mercado and Louisa Reyes were sentenced in Luzerne County court Thursday in connection to the 2018 Wilkes-Barre murder of 58-year-old Fred Boote. Mercado was found guilty Wednesday.

After more than two years, Boote’s family can now move forward. In September of 2018, he was stabbed to death in his home on Donald Court in South Wilkes-Barre in what police described as “a robbery gone wrong.”

Boote’s family made final statements before the sentencing. His sister said, in part, “Neither one of you demonstrated an ounce of remorse except for yourself.”

Boote’s son called Reyes a psychopath, saying “You knew my dad, where he lived, targeted him, brought Mercado to his house and gave him the knife.”

Both Mercado and Reyes spoke to Boote’s family.

“I deeply apologize, and I will pay for this for the rest of my life,” said Mercado.

“I did something disgusting and no amount of apologizes will make up for it. I am truly sorry,” said Reyes.

Mercado will serve life in prison without parole and Reyes will serve 40 years to life with parole.

Judge Michael Vough said to Reyes, “If I am around in 40 years I will write a letter against your parole.”

Reyes pleaded guilty in September, while Mercado’s three-day trial ended Wednesday.
The district attorney’s office was satisfied with the jury’s verdict.

“It’s our hope, it’s our prayer that this verdict of guilty of first degree and all other associated charges will give the family the much needed closure that they should have with this,” said Tony Ross, assistant district attorney.

The sentencing took place at Mohegan Sun Arena for social distancing purposes.

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