Man found guilty of murder after slamming into car during high-speed chase
Sat, 22 Jun 2013 15:38:05 GMT —
A Rio Hondo man was found guilty of murder after he killed a woman during a high-speed chase.
Eric Christopher Gonzalez slammed into Maria Osornio and Javier Osornio on the interection of Ed Carey and Highway 77 on March 24, 2011.
The 34-year-old evaded police on a high-speed chase, which tragically ended when he killed Maria Osornio after slamming into the passenger side of the car she was in.
Maria Osornio was transported to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
The driver, Javier Osornio, sustained major injuries from the accident.
The married couple would have celebrated their anniversary a week after the accident.
Gonzalez allegedly never inquired about the victims' well-being, but instead repetitively asked officers for his wallet, which was left inside his vehicle.
The jury made the right decision in rejecting defense attorney Dan Sanchez TMs repeated claim that the victim TMs death was the fault of the Harlingen Police Department, District Attorney Luis V. Saenz said.
Gonzalez was also found guilty and sentenced to 20 years for aggravated assault, 20 years for evading arrest, and two years for possession of marijuana.
The prison sentences will run concurrently.
Gonzalez also has a pending case for unlawful possession of a firearm, a felony.
Gonzalez TMs wife, Nydia, who was in the vehicle with him will also be tried for murder.