Just a day after a Lubbock jury found Kenny Jimenez guilty of aggravated robbery after 7 minutes of deliberation, the jury sentenced him to life in prison. Jimenez's family members reacted with screaming and hysterical crying Thursday as the judge declared the sentence aloud to the court.
The prosecution called several witnesses to the stand who testified on Jimenez's extensive criminal record. His previous criminal history includes burglary of habitation, theft, aggravated robbery and assault to an inmate. Prosecutors also referenced four felonies he committed before he was 17-years-old.
Prosecutors played back two incriminating phone calls Jimenez made while in jail. In the first, he curses the District Attorney and judges to his mother. In another, Jimenez raps lyrics to a friend, referring to himself as a "gangster", "thug" and "lethal." He also references homicides and his glock. He makes gang references, identifying himself with "the blue" and states that jail is the only thing holding him back.
The defense did not have anyone to testify on Jimenez's behalf. In his closing arguments, Jimenez' attorney called Jimenez immature and mentioned that he has been diagnosed with ADHD and had not been on his medication at the time of the incident. His attorney said if Jimenez was a true criminal, then he would have pulled the trigger on those three women that night.
Two of the three victims read victim impact statements to Jimenez after the sentencing. One of the victims, Brianna Neighbors, described how Jimenez turned her fun night into a nightmare and how she is now terrified to be alone. She expressed hatred toward Jimenez and wishes retribution on him while in prison. Another victim, Brittany Landcaster, calmly told Jimenez that she will not attribute any fear to him because she knows that is what he wants. She asserted, "If there is a hell, I'm sure you will spend eternity in it."
Chelsea Betenbough's attorney read her statement to Jimenez, as she was not present at the trial. Betenbough says she is not angry with Jimenez but thankful that he did not take her life.
Jimenez will be eligible for parole after serving 30 years.
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