Friday afternoon, 17 year-old Gabriel Gonzales pleaded guilty to capital murder charges. Now he will serve 60 years in prison for killing 21 year-old Colin Schafer.
In the early hours of August 14th last year, Gonzales and his 19 year-old cousin, Joe followed Schafer home. Then, with Gabriel holding him at gunpoint, the two cousins forced Schafer to drive to an automated teller machine. Police say they made Schafer pull out $300. And then, as Joe later described it to police, Gabriel shot Schafer twice in the chest.
Friday, Assistant District Attorney Matt Powell said he's glad to have this part of the case closed, but it's not over yet. "I think obviously we're glad as far as this chapter is finished," said Powell. "Obviously there is another codefendant that charges are still pending. So I can't go a while lot into the facts at this time, because of the pending case we have with Joe Gonzales."
As a part of Gabriel's plea bargain, the District Attorney dropped all the other charges against him. So, he will be eligible for parole in 40 years. Because he was 16 years-old at the time of the murder, Gabriel was not eligible for the death penalty.
As for Joe Gonzales, he is also facing capital murder charges. He was 19 years-old when Schafer was killed. So, he could face the death penalty as an accomplice to the crime. His trial is scheduled to begin in February.