Life In prison for Jesse Juan Herrera - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/26/10

Life In prison for Jesse Juan Herrera

Source: Lubbock Co. Sheriff Source: Lubbock Co. Sheriff

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Life in prison is the penalty for the Lubbock man who admits he stabbed his girlfriend to death in late 2006.

Prosecutors were ready for a full jury trial but instead 65-year-old Jesse Juan Herrera pleaded guilty to the murder of Rufugio Avalos Montez. "I think we were a little bit surprised by it.  In the long run, it's a good thing.  It's a lot harder on the family to have a full blown trial," said Criminal District Attorney Matt Powell.

Herrera showed no emotion as family members addressed him in court Tuesday during a process that's called "victim impact statements."  Comments ranged from harsh to forgiving.

One man told Herrera, "You got what you deserve. I hope you rot in hell." Montez' daughters were more forgiving, with one saying, "I'm nobody to judge you.  God is my strength and may God have mercy on your soul".

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