Fort Bend County District
Gonzalez, Jr. was convicted and sentenced December 11, 2017 for the murder of a
32-year-old woman in 2016. The defendant
plead guilty to Capital Murder and received a sentence of life without parole rather
than risk facing the possibility of the death penalty at
trial. The 52-year-old Rosenberg man had
fled the country but confessed to the killing when he was apprehended earlier
According to Assistant
District Attorney Lorretta Owen, the defendant performed yard service for the victim
on September 3, 2016 for the first time.
At some point that evening, the defendant attempted to sexually assault
the woman in her home. During the attack,
he struck her and strangled her with his hands before cutting her throat with a
knife. In an effort to destroy the
evidence of his crime, the defendant then set the victim’s home on fire. Gonzalez was identified as a suspect that
night, but without the evidence to arrest him at that time, he was released by
police. The defendant fled to Mexico
where he was eventually apprehended in March 2017. Upon his arrest, the defendant confessed to
killing the victim.
eligible to receive the death penalty. The
state offered a life sentence without parole in lieu of trial, which would have
required the mother of the victim to testify.
Experiencing severe trauma over the loss of their only child, the parents
of victim approved the plea agreement. A
close family friend read the family’s victim impact statement at the
sentencing, but the victim’s parents did not attend.
an easy answer or comfortable resolution to these cases. And there’s not supposed to be,” said
prosecutor Lorretta Owen. “Balancing the
victims’ need for closure and healing, the defendant’s deserved punishment, and
the State’s duty to protect the community; justice was done here.”
Gonzalez was prosecuted in the 268th
District Court before Presiding Judge Brady Elliott. Attorney Rodney
O’Neil Williams represented the defendant.