Kirby Bryan Ruano, the defendant in a 2012 Lexington murder case, was to have been sentenced in Fayette District Court on Thursday, but the hearing was continued until July.
Ruano pleaded guilty in December to murder and complicity to first-degree robbery in the death of Saul Perez Ruiz, 33, who was fatally shot at an apartment on Dinsmore Drive on July 16, 2012. Prosecutors have recommended a sentence of 30 years on the murder charge and 10 years on the complicity count, with the terms to run concurrently.
Two other defendants, Joseph Edward Sales and Juan Manuel Chavarria, also have entered guilty pleas to murder and complicity in the case and are scheduled for sentencing in April.
Lexington police said at the time that one or more people apparently forced their way into Ruiz's apartment and opened fire. Witnesses said it appeared that Perez returned the gunfire.
Jim Warren (859) 231-3255.