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MARTINEZ — A 34-year-old Benicia man was sentenced to 29 years to life in state prison Thursday for his role in the torture-murder of an 18-year-old Martinez man silenced over a guns theft.

Eric Bean’s mangled body was dumped off rural McEwen Road in Martinez on Dec. 21, 2009 after choking to death on his own blood during a brutal beating that lasted hours.

The methamphetamine-fueled killers attacked Bean because they were afraid he was going to confess to breaking into a safe and stealing his father’s guns with Robert Gardner, according to prosecutor Jason Peck. The first of three murder defendants to go to trial, Gardner was convicted in March of first-degree murder, torture and grand theft.

The victim’s father, Martinez resident Jim Bean, said he was kept awake at night thinking of the pain and terror that his son experienced as he was kept bound with a sock in his mouth.

“To keep my son for hours and torture him and them dump him on the side of the road before Christmas is unimaginable,” Jim Bean said through tears. “He never did anything to anyone.

“I don’t do anything anymore because of what these people did to me and my family,” he said.

Bean’s childhood friend, 21-year-old Timothy “Timmy” Delosreyes III, was the primary torturer, and Gardner observed, advised and helped dispose of the body, Peck said.

Timmy’s murder and torture trial is set for September, and his 39-year-old father, Timothy Delosreyes Jr., will be tried on the same charges after that.

Gardner’s wife, 32-year-old Melody Rives, had also been charged with murder before agreeing to testify for the prosecution.

Defense attorney Joyce Sasse argued at trial that Gardner was never an active participant in the murder and had no legal duty to intervene. Family members told the court that despite his struggles with drugs and a record for vehicle theft, they’ve never known Gardner to be violent.

His mother, who’s now raising his young daughter, said she’s praying he gets psychological help in prison.

“I did not want Eric Bean dead, that wasn’t my intention. I didn’t even know the kid,” a sobbing Gardner said at his sentencing. “I’m terribly, terribly sorry. I’m full of grief just along with you guys. I’m very empty, nothing but sorrow.”

The Bean family said Eric’s death affected many people in a community where he was beloved for feeding homeless people. Nearly 500 people attended his memorial service, they said.

“(Gardner has) broken a lot of hearts,” the victim’s mom, Pamela Bean, said. “This community loved Eric.”


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