UPDATE: Moises Galvan was sentenced to 55 years in prison for murder with a $10,000 fine and 13 years for aggravated assault with a $10,000 fine. The sentences will be served concurrently.
The jury deliberated for five hours before reaching a decision on the sentence.
EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — An El Paso man accused of shooting and killing a man outside an East El Paso bar was found guilty on Friday, Sept. 22.
Moises Galvan was standing trial for the second time in the fatal shooting death of 22-year-old R.J. Franco in 2017 in the Barfly parking lot.
Galvan was also facing a second charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He was found guilty of that charge as well.
The jury deliberated about five hours before reaching the verdict. They heard closing arguments earlier on Friday.
The first trial ended in mistrial in 2019.
During closing statements, prosecutor Michelle Hill stated that the whole scenario and its aftermath was caused by Galvan. Describing the night of the shooting, Hill said that Galvan was not afraid of the gun that he had on hand.
Hill also addressed Galvan’s claim of self-defense, saying it was not applicable.
“Don’t fall for his lies; he knew what he was going to do and he did it,” Hill said.
Defense attorney Greg Anderson argued that Galvan was acting in self-defense. He also argued that there was a possibility that the gun did not belong to him.
He ended by saying that there were many reasons for Galvan to lie to officers the night of the shooting. Galvan ended up coming forward after realizing the extent of harm he caused after a video was released.
The jury decided to begin sentencing immediately. They have the option of sentencing Galvan to life in prison.
During the beginning of sentencing, two detention officer were on the stand to speak about Galvan’s conduct while in prison. One officer said that Galvan assaulted him during his incarceration, causing bodily harm.
Afterwards R.J. Franco’s mother, Lory Bautista, took the stand and was asked about her son. She described Franco as comical, funny, was good in school and had a job before his death.
She also said he competed in body-building competitions.
Franco was 22 years old when he was killed. When asked about the emotion she felt, his mother said, “My life will never be the same without my son. A parent is not supposed to lose their child.”
Franco also leaves behind a daughter who was born 5 months after his death.
Sentencing continues on Saturday, Sept. 23.
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