Convicted Murderer Sentenced to 50 Years In Prison - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/16/03

Convicted Murderer Sentenced to 50 Years In Prison

50 years in prison, that's what a Lubbock jury gave Pedro Chavez on Thursday.

After more than three hours the jury found Chavez guilty of murdering 36-year-old Joe Martinez on December 19th.

Family members on both sides were satisfied with the sentence. But the closure doesn't bring the man they lost back. "It's been tragic to the family, especially to my daughters," said Becky Martinez, the victim's widow. "It's just been hard to let them know what's happened to their dad. And it's not easy, them being little girls and having to ask me in the middle of the night, why was my daddy killed."

Chavez must serve 25 years of the 50 in prison before he is eligible for parole. He must also pay a fine of $5,000.

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