Two Levelland Men Will Go To Prison For Murder - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/17/04

Two Levelland Men Will Go To Prison For Murder

Source: Levelland Police Dept. Source: Levelland Police Dept.
Source: Levelland Police Dept. Source: Levelland Police Dept.

A murder case in Levelland is now closed after five days of testimony.

Friday afternoon, a Hockley County Jury found Paul Ochoa guilty of murder in the death of Martin Gonzales, Junior. The 27-year-old will spend 40 years in prison.

Meanwhile, 19-year-old Christopher Viernes will spend 20 years in prison for the same murder. Thursday, Viernes pleaded guilty to manslaughter in exchange for his testimony in Ochoa's trial. Viernes testified that Gonzales threatened to kill him, but slipped on the curb and his knife landed in the grass. The two struggled and Viernes ended up stabbing Gonzales twice before handing the knife to Ochoa. Gonzales was found dead in front of a Levelland home. Police say he had been stabbed 30 times.

Friday, Gonzales's mother said justice was served. "At least he's leaving. My son isn't coming back, he got what he deserved and I'm happy with that," said Martin's mother, Medina Gonzales.

The murder happened September 6, 2003.

  • Local News on KCBD.comNewsMore>>

  • School shooting may not bring change to gun-loving Texas

    School shooting may not bring change to gun-loving Texas

    Monday, May 21 2018 12:52 AM EDT2018-05-21 04:52:04 GMT
    Tuesday, May 22 2018 12:37 AM EDT2018-05-22 04:37:05 GMT
    (Elizabeth Conley/Houston Chronicle via AP). A billboard is seen off of I-45 near Santa Fe, Texas, where a student shot and killed eight classmates and two teachers at Santa Fe High School.(Elizabeth Conley/Houston Chronicle via AP). A billboard is seen off of I-45 near Santa Fe, Texas, where a student shot and killed eight classmates and two teachers at Santa Fe High School.

    The shooting suspect, 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis, has been jailed on capital murder charges.

    The shooting suspect, 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis, has been jailed on capital murder charges.

  • Artist Robert Indiana, known for 'LOVE' series, dies at 89

    Artist Robert Indiana, known for 'LOVE' series, dies at 89

    Monday, May 21 2018 9:12 PM EDT2018-05-22 01:12:35 GMT
    Tuesday, May 22 2018 12:34 AM EDT2018-05-22 04:34:05 GMT
    Robert Indiana, best known for his 1960s LOVE series – including the shown sculpture in John F. Kennedy Plaza in Philadelphia – died from respiratory failure Saturday, May 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)Robert Indiana, best known for his 1960s LOVE series – including the shown sculpture in John F. Kennedy Plaza in Philadelphia – died from respiratory failure Saturday, May 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
    Robert Indiana, best known for his 1960s LOVE series – including the shown sculpture in John F. Kennedy Plaza in Philadelphia – died from respiratory failure Saturday, May 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)Robert Indiana, best known for his 1960s LOVE series – including the shown sculpture in John F. Kennedy Plaza in Philadelphia – died from respiratory failure Saturday, May 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

    Artist Robert Indiana, best known for his 1960s LOVE series, has died at his home in Maine.

    Artist Robert Indiana, best known for his 1960s LOVE series, has died at his home in Maine.

  • Asian markets mostly lower after Wall Street gains

    Asian markets mostly lower after Wall Street gains

    Monday, May 21 2018 10:12 AM EDT2018-05-21 14:12:11 GMT
    Tuesday, May 22 2018 12:33 AM EDT2018-05-22 04:33:32 GMT
    (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File). FILE- In this May 10, 2018, file photo, the opening bell hangs above the trading floor at the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Monday, May 21.(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File). FILE- In this May 10, 2018, file photo, the opening bell hangs above the trading floor at the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Monday, May 21.
    Stocks are climbing on Wall Street and overseas after the U.S. and China said they made progress in trade talks.
    Stocks are climbing on Wall Street and overseas after the U.S. and China said they made progress in trade talks.
Powered by Frankly