43-year-old man who fatally shot one of his roommates and wounded
another at their southwest Houston apartment in 2017, then brutally
stabbed an acquaintance a year
later, pleaded guilty on the eve of trial and was sentenced to 30 years
in prison Tuesday, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced.
man brutally attacked three people in two different incidents, which
does not happen by chance or coincidence or happenstance,” Ogg said.
“When someone intentionally
hurts people, like this, we seek justice for the victims, and a long
prison term is justice.”
Celis-Maltes, 43, was arrested after going to a friend’s apartment at
10110 Club Creek in southwest Houston on May 5, 2018. He rushed into the
apartment and stabbed
an acquaintance, who was a visitor at the home, twice in the chest.
That man survived.
Celis-Maltes was in custody for that attack, Houston police officers
realized he was wanted for murder for fatally shooting his roommate,
24-year-old Jaime Castillo-Vasquez,
on May 28, 2017. In addition to being charged with murder, Celis-Maltes
was charged with aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury for
shooting his other roommate in the face during the same incident.
said Celis-Maltes was drinking beer in the apartment when he made a
call and told someone to bring him his gun. Three of his adult nephews
arrived at the apartment
complex about 15 minutes later. One of them handed Celis-Maltes a
took the gun, walked over to where his 34-year-old roommate was sitting
in the apartment and shot him in the face. He survived.
Castillo-Vasquez heard the
shot and came out of his bedroom, and Celis-Maltes killed him.
Assistant District Attorney Bryan Honeycutt, who prosecuted the case with
Merchant, noted that Celis-Maltes cannot appeal the murder conviction or the sentence.
got drunk and angry and started shooting his roommates, so thank God
one of them lived and was able to pick him out,” Honeycutt said. “He is
violent, and the guarantee that he will be locked up for 30 years is a
good thing for Harris County.”
Communications Division, Harris County District Attorney’s Office
1201 Franklin St.
Houston, TX 77002