"I'm sorry it all had to come down to this" -John Allen Rubio

Friday, July 30, 2010 - 8:03am

sentenced to death by lethal injection

Given a chance to speak, John Allen Rubio spoke softly and briefly.

"I'm sorry it all had to come down to this. I thank the jury for giving me the chance to show what i could," Rubio said.

And with that judge Noe Gonzalez gave his sentence.

"This court sentences you to death by lethal injection," Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez went on to say that as the judge who has handed down more death sentences than any other judge in South Texas, he had never seen a crime as horrific as the one committed by John
Allen Rubio.

Some jury members even shed some tears as Rubio learned his fate.

And just like that, Rubio was handcuffed and taken out of the courtroom also shedding a few tears himself.

His defense attorney Ed Stapleton said he exchanged emotional words with Rubio shortly after the sentence was announced.

"Well I'm sad," said Stapleton. "I feel bad about the result. I hate to see anybody be at risk for the death penalty and I've gotten to know this young man for the past three years and the idea of him dying on a gurney is very difficult."

Cameron County District Attorney Armando Villalobos had a chance to address jurors in private and then spoke publicly.

"The first initial reaction is relief and that justice was done in this case because to put your heart and soul into it, the entire office, the resources that Cameron County put into this." Villalobos said. "You can never take anything for granted, we felt strongly about this case, we felt good about the evidence but you can never know what 12 people are going to do."

Cameron County District Attorney Assistant Chuck Mattignly was also emotional during and after the trial.

"We've lived this case day and night," Mattingly said. "This has been probably one of the most- it has been the most important case I've dealt with in my life. I think there's a special place in hell for Mr. Rubio, that's what I think."

Rubio will be kept in Hidalgo County momentarily and then sent back to the Cameron County Carrizales-Rucker Detention Center before being transported to death row at a Texas Department of Criminal Justice facility.

Reporting in Hidalgo County, Daisy Martinez, News Center 23.

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