A Premont man plead to 38 years in a Texas prison during Thursday morning's district court hearing for a 2013 murder.


Ricardo Esai Gonzalez was initially charged with capital murder for the killing of Michael Rodriguez in Premont on the night of Dec. 6, 2013.


“Justice was done,” said Jim Wells County Sheriff Oscar Lopez. “I commend the men who handled the investigation. The criminal investigation team were able to bring closure to the victim's family.”


Back in December 2013, JWC Sheriff's Department received a call from the victim's mother who stated her home had been burglarized and her son was bleeding on the floor.


Deputies arrived to find Rodriguez had sustained blunt force trauma to the head and had strangulation marks on his body. Rodriguez was pronounced dead at the scene.


After law enforcement retraced Rodriguez's activities, a witness confirmed he had been at a Premont bar and left with Gonzalez.


“Through the proper training the deputies receive throughout their career's they were able to help and arrest a suspect in this case.”


Gonzalez was located the day after the murder at a residence on County Road 418.


During a law enforcement interview, Gonzalez confessed to the murder and made claims that the victim sexually assaulted him.


Gonzalez was taken to the Jim Wells County jail immediately after entering his plea agreement.