It has taken way too long to come to this. Angel pleaded guilty, brother Jacob pleaded not guilty and proceedings are pending.
After canceling a meeting with his victim’s brother, the Soledad man who admitted stabbing 17-year-old Kristopher Olinger to death in 1997 was unexpectedly sentenced to life without possibility of parole late Tuesday.
Sentencing for Angel Ruelas, 33, had been put on hold since his surprise guilty plea in April 2012. Ruelas said he wanted to meet Olinger’s brother, Travis Phillips, before his punishment was handed down and Prosecutor Jeannine Pacioni said she first wanted to take Ruelas’ older brother, Jacobo, to trial for his alleged role in the brutal trailside murder.