Raymon Montelongo shot and killed the mother of his son, and now he's going to prison for 99 years. Saturday marks one year since the 23-year-old gunned down 20-year-old Erica Perez in the Cingular parking lot.
Monday, Montelongo pleaded guilty to murdering his common-law-wife but asked a jury to decide his punishment. After four days of testimony and four hours of deliberations a Lubbock County jury recommended a 99 year sentence. It's been an emotional week for both families.
Monday, Erica's family addressed Montelongo who cried and asked for forgiveness. To this day, Montelongo says he doesn't know why he killed Erica but admitted to taking drugs and drinking alcohol the day of the shooting. He says he got a gun from his brother's house and drove to the call center where Erica worked. He said he apologized to her, told her he loved her and pulled the trigger...then he kissed her.
After all that, Erica's family says somehow they have found forgiveness.
"It was so hard. It was so hard to see (my daughter) just laying there," said Erica's father, Al Perez.
"She was 20 years old. She had her entire life ahead of her. She had a life as a mother in front of her. A mother to her son," said Jerome Perez, Erica's old brother.
Jerome now has custody of the son Erica shared with Montelongo.
"Even when I came (to Lubbock), I had a lot of anger. Prayer is powerful. It took the anger out of me," said Erica's dad.
Montelongo is eligible for parole after serving 30 years and has to pay a $10,000 fine.
Lubbock Man Gets 99 years for Shooting Death of Wife
A man will spend 99 years behind bars for killing his common-law wife after arguing in the Cingular Call Center parking lot. NewsChannel 11's Cecelia Coy talked the victim's family who say justice was served.