After sitting through two long weeks in court, the family of Anthony Bowler says they just want justice to be served in the Anthony Mendiola case.
On Tuesday, Mendiola was found guilty of manslaughter in the death of Bowler. Authorities say that Bowler was shot and killed while visiting Mendiola’s estranged wife in 2014.
On Thursday, News Channel 9 sat down with Bowler’s sister, Ana. Ana says she believes that her family will never get closure because they don’t feel happy with the verdict.
“He played basketball, soccer, MMA,” Ana says of her brother Anthony. Ana says Bowler was a sports enthusiast, who usually watched his diet because he was training. Born in Panama, and raised in El Paso, Ana says he had a comical character.
“He was the baby in the family so he was the comedian in the family..we were always texting each other and we always had to joke with my mom,” says Ana.
She says her brother Anthony was a veteran and served in Iraq for 18 months. Although she says her brother saw similar symptoms of PTSD, she doesn’t feel that Alberto Mendiola’s attorneys arguing that he had PTSD from the war was a valid defense.
“And him, was aggressive way before from what i can hear, so they didn’t do anything before, now they want to claim mental issues? no..,” says Ana.
Since the death of her brother, Ana has kept a relationship with the wife and kids of Mendiola. Ana says she tried comforting Mendiola’s stepson after he took the stand on Wednesday.
“We was devastated when he had to speak the first time, but now he feels better that he had his voice in court,” she says.
Ana hopes Mendiola gets the maximum sentence.
“Tony, his life was cut short and its not fair for him, and for them not to do justice to him,” she concluded.
Mendiola is facing 20 years for the manslaughter charge, as well as a $10,000 fine. Trial will resume Friday at 8 a.m.