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Man charged with killing Isabel Celis, Maribel Gonzalez faces up to 110 years in prison

Formally convicted of burglary in Phoenix
Isabel Celis, Maribel Gonzalez murder suspect may have more victims
Posted at 12:35 PM, Apr 20, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-20 19:38:08-04

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — On Monday, a Maricopa County jury convicted Christopher Clements on four counts, including burglary.

The jury deliberated just one day before reaching a verdict. They found Clements guilty of all the charges. In each, he also had an accomplice.

Here's the breakdown:

  • Count 1
    • Fraudulent Schemes and Artifices. One mitigating factor was at least victim of the offense was 65 or more year of age. Proven.
    • 10.5 to 35 years
  • Count 2
    • Burglary in the Second Degree. Also involving a woman 65 or older.
    • 7.5 to 25 years
  • Count 3
    • Theft
    • 7.5 to 25 years
  • Count 4
    • Burglary in the Second Degree.
    • 7.5 to 25 years

The jury also found the value of the property to be between $4,000 to $25,000 in value.

Melissa Stark, Clements' one-time girlfriend, testified against him in the 12-day day trial. She pleaded guilty to one count of Fraudulent Schemes and Artifices on June 4, 2021. Her other three charges, including burglary were dropped.

Clements will receive his sentence at 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 7 in Maricopa County Superior Court.

He is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in Tucson in the deaths of 6-year-old Isabel Celis and 13-year-old Maribel Gonzalez.

Those trials were moved to August and September of this year and will take place in Pima County Superior Court.