He shot a 15-year-old Lubbock boy and will now spend the rest of his life behind bars. Late Tuesday Judge Jim Bob Darnell sentenced 20-year-old Alfredo Perez to life in prison.
Monday Perez pleaded guilty to the shooting death of Javier Eduardo Castaneda. The teen was gunned down outside of Harwell Elementary back in July 2007. On Tuesday, the defense said Perez acted out of sudden passion. The state argued it was not passion, but anger.
Tray Payne, Lubbock County Assistant Criminal District Attorney, said "You don't get to go because you are mad and upset and take a gun over there and start firing off into a crowd of kids because you're mad because you got a rock thrown into your car. That's not acceptable here, and we're going to fight for that in our office on every one of these types of cases."
Payne says he plans to review co-defendant Vincent Lee Sandoval's case since Perez admitted to the shooting. Sandoval is also charged with murder, but a trial date has not been set.
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