Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Ninety-Nine Year Sentence for Attempted Murder of Texas Cop

If you were to create the scene for an emotional courtroom drama, especially in Texas, what are some of the elements you would include? The shooting of a member of law enforcement always stirs some strong feelings. What if the accused criminal was the citizen of another country? Now, include in the plot that the offender was only a teenager. Unfortunately, this isn't the pilot for a new NBC series called Law and Order: Houston Style. Instead, these details comprise the very real case that just concluded in a Cameron County courtroom. And now, a young man may be spending the rest of his life behind bars.

Abraham Mar, who is a resident of San Luis Potosi, Mexico, pleaded guilty the attempted capital murder of Officer Carlos Diaz. The officer was shot during a traffic stop and was critically wounded in the attack. The jury determined that this attempt at the life of a police officer was worthy of the maximum sentence of ninety-nine years, with eligibility for parole in forty-nine years.

In addition to the heinous error in judgement that Mar exhibited when shooting Officer Diaz, the nineteen-year-old continued with foolish decisions by fleeing to Mexico. He was given a concurrent two-year sentence for this crime of evading arrest. And, in a third decision that likely pales in comparison to a life in a prison cell, the jury handed down to Mar a $10,000 fine.

At Bertolino LLP, we have attorneys who specialize both in areas of criminal defense and immigration law. We know that the cases such as the one described in this post are emotional and controversial, and our lawyers have the experience to handle every detail. Please contact our Austin, Houston, or San Antonio office today if you find yourself in need of legal assistance.

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