DA disappointed by 25 year prison sentence for Harlingen murder

Ramiro Barron III / 2007 TDCJ Mugshot

Prosecutors are expressing disappointment after a jury sentenced a Harlingen man to 25 years in prison for murder.

Adrian Barrera appeared for sentencing in the 138th State District Court on Thursday morning.

On Wednesday, jurors found the 28-year-old guilty of the November 2011 murder of Ramiro Barron III.

Barrera gunned down Barron in a neighborhood off Harligen's Rangerville Road.

Testimony revealed that Barrera shot Barron because Barron had taken a gun belonging to one of Barrera's friends.

Barron returned the gun and begged Barrera not to kill him.

Barrera still shot Barron three times in the back.

Testimony revealed that Barrera later threatened his friend and two other passengers in his truck witness to the murder.

He said he would kill them and their families if they spoke a word to anyone about the shooting.

Jurors sentenced Barrera to 25 years in prison.

Cameron County District Attorney Luis Saenz expressed disappointment in a written statement.

While we appreciate the jury TMs efforts and verdict, we were hoping they would send a much stronger message about committing a cold-blooded murder in Cameron County, Saenz said in the statement.