Gomez Sentenced to 90 Years, $10,000 Fine
POSTED: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - 6:28pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 8:49am
EL PASO- Victor Gomez is going to prison for 45 years. Last week he beat the double murder charge against him, but the same jury convicted Gomez of engaging in organized crime involving the deaths of two brothers outside a Socorro bar in 2009.
The jury took just under two hours to come back with the sentence.
Gomez was sentenced to 45 years for each of the two counts, but will serve them concurrently, meaning at the same time.
Defense attorney Joseph Vasquez says this punishment isn’t what the Gomez family was hoping for.
"They are upset. I mean obviously 45 years is a long time, and you know he is in shock. The family is in shock,” said Vasquez.
Before the jury began to deliberate, it heard closing arguments from both the defense and the prosecution which asked the jury for a maximum sentence.
During the sentencing phase of the trial, the state showed the jury all of the people Gomez has harmed during his long criminal history starting in 1996.
Prosecutor Jennifer Vandenbosch told the jury, "I ask you, do you want Mr. Gomez doing the things that he does in our community? He is not abiding by our laws of our community."
Vasquez disputed that argument by saying people change and learn from their mistakes.
The defense also told the jury Victor Gomez did not willingly participate in the deaths of brothers Jose and Jesus Vargas outside Socorro's A&M Bar.
"It was a crime of circumstance. He was in the wrong place at the wrong time,” said Vasquez.
Vasquez then asked the jury to only punish Gomez for his actions, reminding them Gomez was not the gunman.
"The evidence shows he didn't play a big role,” said Vasquez.
Vasquez asked the jury for a sentence of ten years or less, but the prosecution's Dana Irwin waned him put away for life.
" You should not have mercy on a man who would do that,” said Irwin.
Gomez's defense attorneys also told the jury that the reason Gomez has not looked at them the entire trial is not because he dislikes them, it's because he's scared.