By Tiffany Pelt - email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – After four hours of deliberation Wednesday a jury gave a Lubbock teen 70 years in prison.
A Lubbock County Jury found 19-year-old Matthew Gonzales guilty Tuesday on the charge stemming from a September 2008 robbery at Dollar Tree. He also has two other cases pending against him that were brought up during the sentencing.
The first involves a shooting at the Cora Apartments in June of 2008. A 40-year-old Hispanic man was yelling out of his apartment window at a group of guys trying to steal his SUV. That's when he was shot in the head. The victim's wife testified today saying her husband is missing a large part of his skull, his right side of his body is paralyzed and he can no longer speak.
Gonzales also has a case pending that deals with a carjacking and shooting of a Texas Tech student in July of 2008. Gonzales confessed to shooting at student Donald Adkins with a shot gun while trying to steal his car with two others. Adkins took the stand today saying he still had shot gun pellets lodged in his face, neck and chest.
All three cases spanned over a period from June 4th to September 4th. "You have someone committed to that level of violence, shooting people in the face one person in the head," said district attorney Barron Slack, "When you have those kinds of things happen to random victims most things that effect sentencing don't really matter anymore and I think the jury saw that."
Gonzales is the first to go to trial out of those involved in these three cases.
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