“Thank you for making me famous it was my dream to be on TV,” are the words a man sentenced to death for capital murder said at his sentencing.
Last month, the jury found Sandoval guilty of killing off-duty border patrol agent Javier Vega Jr. and last week the jury’s verdict for capital murder was the death penalty.
Vega Jr.’s mother, Marie Vega, stood in front of the courtroom and tearfully spoke on behalf of the family, saying the sentence was just.
While Vega’s Jr’s father and wife sat with the dozens of border patrol agents who attended the sentencing, with tears in their eyes.
“You need to die for what you did, you don’t deserve to live or breathe our air,” Marie Vega said.
After the sentencing, Defense Attorney Nat Perez told News Center 23 said that this was the longest trial he has even been involved in.
“It was pretty tedious and contested I think it was hard fought, and certainly we’re a little disappointed with the verdict,” Perez said.
“We’ll be filing a direct appeal to the Court of Criminal Appeals, we think there’s some things that the Court of Appeals should look at, and then we’ll see what they say,” he said.
During the course of the trial, jury heard Vega Jr.’s parents and children testify about the day the murder took place, when Sandoval and other suspect, Ismael Hernandez, Vallejo ambushed the Vega’s while they were fishing on August 3, 2014.
They also watched Sandoval’s video interview with Texas Rangers, where he weeps and says he must pay the price.
The defense has 30 days from today to file a motion for a new trial, although it is likely it will be denied.
For every day coverage of the trial, visit http://www.kveo.com/news/local-news/just-in-gustavo-tijerina-sandoval-found-guilty-in-death-of-border-patrol-agent/1208665902