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Man gets 33 years in death of Mount Vernon man

December 22, 2018

MOUNT VERNON — Alberto Flores Alaniz of Chehalis was sentenced to just over 33 years in prison Friday after pleading guilty to second-degree murder for the 2017 death of a Mount Vernon man.

His charge was reduced from first-degree felony murder.

On May 4, 2017, Miguel Rene Felix, 36, was found unresponsive in his home in the 17000 block of Blodgett Road, court documents state.

An investigation revealed Felix had two gunshot wounds to the head. His death was ruled a homicide by the Skagit County coroner.

According to documents, Alaniz, 40, and his former girlfriend once lived with Felix and his family while trying to get clean from drugs.

Several days before Felix’s death, Alaniz’s former girlfriend called Felix to tell him she believed Alaniz was using drugs again and was behaving erratically.

On May 4, video surveillance recorded Felix entering his home at about noon during his lunch break, documents state. About 10 minutes later, Alaniz was recorded exiting Felix’s home wearing body armor and flip flops and tucking something consistent with a handgun into the back of his waistband.

Documents state Felix was found dead in a bedroom at about 6 p.m. with two bullet casings near his body.

Bloody shoe prints were found throughout the upstairs of the house, and Felix’s vehicle was missing, documents state. The vehicle was located three days later with bloody flip flops inside that matched the shoe prints in the house.

Alaniz was arrested May 17, 2017, at a Centralia bus station with two handguns on his person, documents state. One of the guns was registered to Felix.

In court Friday, Felix’s relatives read statements recounting their loss and imploring Judge Brian Stiles to sentence Alaniz to life in prison.

Cassandra Felix Kellogg spoke of her big brother walking her down the aisle on her wedding day.

“My brother will never get to come home, and Alaniz shouldn’t either,” she said.

Felix’s children submitted statements, which prosecuting attorney Russell Brown read to the court. Each child wrote of thinking of their father every day and missing him, especially on holidays and birthdays.

Alaniz’s defense attorney C. Wesley Richards said Alaniz was under the influence of methamphetamine and cocaine at the time of the murder.

“Alaniz has expressed remorse and has never made excuses for his behavior,” Richards said.

Stiles sentenced Alaniz to the maximum sentence in the sentencing range.

Alaniz must register as a felony firearm offender and is barred from contacting Felix’s immediate family.

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