POSTED: Tuesday, February 10, 2009 - 7:00pm
UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 11:32am
A Cameron County jury spent the day deliberating.
First, they found an accused mexican mafia member guilty of his charges then they sentenced him.
This afternoon, the jury sentenced Jesus Gonzales, to life behind bars and he must pay a ten thousand dollar fine.
Cameron County District Attorney's, Chief First Assistant, Chuck Mattingly says, Accused Mafia member, Gonzales faced two charges.
One for murder, and the other for Engaging in rganized criminal activity, with murder being the underline offense.
He says, They went after the engaging in criminal activity charge first, because it would be easier to prove in court.
Earlier today, Gonzales was found guilty for the death of 33-year old, Jo Ann Chavez.
She went missing from the Valle Vista Mall back in 2003.
Today, Mattingly says, Jurors made the right decision by sentencing Gonzales to the maximum sentence.
"I think it's important that the jury of cameron county made up of twelve citizens, they understood, the gravity of this crime, they realized the menance that mafia prison gang, pose to our community.
Mattingly says, a Grand Jury indicted, Gonzales and ten other alleged Mexican Mafia members in 2005.