A Lubbock teen will spend the rest of his life in prison, after a jury found him guilty of capital murder late Wednesday afternoon. Authorities say Joseph Nunez was only 16-years-old when he took part in a double shooting and robbery outside the Boom Boom Cabaret back in October of 2006. Now 18-years-old, a judge sentenced Nunez to life in prison without parole.
It's been just more than 2 years since a frantic phone call to 911 brought authorities to the parking lot at the Boom Boom Cabaret to find Anthony Lopez and Gilbert Victor shot to death. Now, with all three suspects convicted of the killings, family members of both victims say they can finally move forward with their lives.
"It's been a long, hard two years," Lopez's mother Janie Lopez said. She clutched a picture of her son Wednesday, telling NewsChannel 11 photos are all she has left to remember him. "This is who I think of as soon as I wake up, and who I think of when I go to sleep," Janie said.
"Justice has been served," Lopez's brother Erich Lopez said. He says it won't be easy, but Wednesday's conviction allows them to move forward. "Now, my family can go on with their lives and put this behind them," Erich said.
"I still think about my dad, a lot," Victor's son Jarrad Victor said. He feels the same sense of loss, losing his father in the same brutal attack. "At least today, I can hopefully try to put it behind me," Jarrad said. He says Wednesday's conviction also brings closer to a devastating chapter in his life. "We can't bring him back, but at least all three of them got what they deserved," Jarrad said.
The two other suspects in this case, Christopher Crittenden and Richard Ramirez are both serving prison sentences as well. Crittenden pleaded guilty to murder last month. He's serving a 50 year sentence. Ramirez confessed to the killings last year. He's serving a life sentence.
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