BROWNSVILLE, TX — Ramon Pinon was bedridden and defenseless when he was bludgeoned to death with a hammer over a 19” television, a circular saw, a stereo and a few other minimally-valued items taken from his San Benito home.
Manuel Pena, 26, broke into the home in April 2009, killed 85-year-old Pinon and robbed him. Pinon was found the following morning by his home-health provider.
A jury in the 107th state District Court found Pena guilty of capital murder, and Judge Benjamin Euresti sentenced him to life in prison without the possibility for parole.
Letty Pereira, one of Pinon’s 14 children and a school teacher, stated that Pinon is missed by numerous family members and life-long friends.
During the trial, Pena’s brother gave an emotional testimony that his brother had told him he had killed Pinon. The brother, Andres Escobedo, stated Pena even took him back to the scene of the crime to continue ransacking the home for valuables.
Assistant District Attorneys Ismael Hinojosa and Brent Gimble prosecuted the case.