Two persons of interest in the slaying of a young couple in June 2016 have been sentenced to prison in Mexico on drug-related charges, according to Nuevo Leon authorities.

Francisco Villarreal Jr. and Ernesto Rodriguez Jr. were recently sentenced to three years in prison for drug trafficking with intent to distribute after a trial in late June, according to a spokesperson with the Nuevo Leon attorney general’s office.

Villarreal is no stranger to serving prison time. He was released from a Texas prison in February 2016 after serving a sentence for aggravated robbery.

Laredo police said Villarreal and Rodriguez are persons of interest in the killing of George O. Rodriguez, 20, and Alondra Gutierrez, 19. Both were found dead in an empty lot in the Lakeside Subdivision on June 26, 2016. No charges have been brought in the case.

Nuevo Leon authorities arrested Villarreal and Rodriguez in October after a shootout with police. Each was charged with possession of cocaine.
The shootout happened when agents patrolling Colonia Tecnológico in Monterrey, Mexico, saw a man on a black NINJA-type motorcycle exchanging bags with Villarreal and Rodriguez.

Police said the motorcyclist had a gun in his waistline. When confronted, he fled while Villarreal and Rodriguez took cover in some nearby apartments. Authorities said they fired shots at police officers.

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