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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Life without parole: McLoud man sentenced in 2012 murder case

  • A McLoud man charged with first-degree murder briefly took the witness stand before hearing his fate in a Pottawatomie County courtroom Wednesday, where a judge sentenced him to serve life in prison without the possibility of parole.
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  • A McLoud man charged with first-degree murder briefly took the witness stand before hearing his fate in a Pottawatomie County courtroom Wednesday, where a judge sentenced him to serve life in prison without the possibility of parole.
    Andrew Wallace Fish, 27, who was sentenced by District Judge John Canavan, previously pleaded guilty after stopping the case at the beginning of his jury trial.
    Andrew Fish was charged in the shooting death of Adam Pacheco, 27. Pacheco’s body was found Dec. 29, 2012, about halfway down the north side of the Shawnee Twin Lakes dam on Belcher Road at Lake No. 1.
    The medical examiner at the scene concluded Pacheco had seven to nine gunshot wounds, with original affidavits in the case showing he was allegedly shot at a residence in McLoud and then dumped at the Twin Lakes.
    As part of Wednesday’s sentencing, five Victim’s Impact Statements from members of Pacheco’s family were filed with the court clerk. While none were read in open court, they were part of the court record considered before sentencing.
    The victim’s mother, Rita Kay Pacheco, said her son’s death has affected her with feelings of anger, pain and sadness, she wrote, adding that she misses her son.
    “Everywhere I go I remember him,” she said, with her recommendation to the judge being that Fish serve life in prison without parole.
    Pacheco’s brother, Lee Wesley, also completed a statement and said family gatherings and photographs will never be the same.
    “There will always be one person missing from all of these things,” he wrote, adding that he will be thinking, “I wish Adam were here.”
    He also wrote there will be no more laughing, no more joking, and no more reminiscing with his little brother — and no more making new memories.
    “All gone. Andrew Fish took it all away,” he wrote. “Adam was my little brother. Forever missed.”
    He too asked for Fish to receive life without parole.
    With the judge’s sentencing, Fish will remain jailed in the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center until he is transferred to a state prison.
    The defendant’s brother also faces sentencing for a charge filed in relation to this case.
    Reuben Dale Fish, 35, has entered a guilty plea on a charge of accessory after the fact and his formal sentencing is scheduled in October. Reuben Fish also remains jailed in the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center.
    The brothers were charged in this case following an investigation by Shawnee and McLoud police, along with district attorney’s investigators.
    Page 2 of 2 - Andrew Fish was accused of “deliberately, intentionally, with malice aforethought,” causing the death of Pacheco by shooting him in the head with a firearm.
    Reuben Fish was accused of having knowledge that his brother committed the crime of murder, charges show. Prosecutors also alleged Reuben Fish aided his brother in moving Pacheco’s body from their residence on Harris Street in McLoud so that Andrew Fish could avoid or escape arrest in the crime, charges show.
    Watch for updates.
     
     

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