BRADENTON -- Ronnie Bundrage Jr. was sentenced Friday to life in prison for the October 2013 slaying of Bradenton husband and father Juan Medina.
On May 1, after a weeklong trial, a jury convicted Bundrage of killing Medina on Oct. 6, 2013, in front of his residence on 15th Avenue East. He was also convicted of two counts of armed burglary of nearby duplexes the same evening.
Bundrage received 30 years in prison for each armed burglary conviction to run concurrently with his life sentence.
Medina had been celebrating his daughter's birthday with family and friends hours before he was killed. About 2:30 a.m. Oct. 6, 2013, Medina was sitting in his driveway with a friend when the men were attacked.
During the sentencing, Circuit Judge Deno Economou heard from Medina's widow, one of the armed burglary victims and family and neighbors of Bundrage.
"Mr. Bundrage had the opportunities in his life given to him by those who loved him, his supportive family, his supportive friends, supportive neighbors," Economou said before ruling. "He had the opportunity to take that and continue to do good in the community, but he made the choice to do otherwise."
Emma Estrada was left
with four children ages 25, 24, 13 and 4 to raise alone, she told Economou. She detailed other ways their lives were forever changed, starting with the daughter whose birthday they were celebrating the might Medina was killed. The girl's Quinceanera is approaching, but she doesn't want to celebrate her birthday because of the associated memories, she said.
"That is something that is going to affect her for the rest of her life because it was on her birthday," Estrada said. "I was left with a 3-year-old boy who didn't understand what was going on."
All night after Medina's death, the boy just kept asking for his daddy, she said.
"We were all affected with what happened," Estrada said as she looked down to avoid looking at her husband's killer. "He was the sole provider of the family."
Yolanda Mays Craddock, Bundrage's mother, testified her son had always been a good father to his six children ranging in ages from 1 to 10.
"He's never been in trouble. He's a good kid," Craddock said. "I asked the court to have mercy on my child."
Bundrage's aunt, Toni Dutrevil, also took to stand to testify about what a good father he had been and of his time working with children as a Manatee school bus driver.
Jessica De Leon, Herald law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter @JDeLeon1012.