A jury sentenced Amador Mungia, 45, a total of 52 years in a Texas prison for the 2015 murder of his lifelong friend, Juan Govea.
Mungia was found guilty Wednesday on one count of murder and one count of tampering with evidence.
“Tell the family I'm sorry and that I love them,” Mungia said. “I didn't mean to kill him...It was an accident. I was defending myself.”
For three days the jury of seven men and five women heard testimony from witnesses at the scene, law enforcement officers, evidence technician, a forensic expert and the medical examiner.
In July 2015, Govea and Mungia got into an argument at Govea's residence that resulted in the death of Govea.
Brenda Govea, Juan Govea’s ex-wife and mother of two of his children, told the court how her two sons have dealt and suffered due the death of their father.
“Since the murder life for the Govea family has not been the same…” Brenda said. “I truly believe you got what you deserve.”
According to witnesses, the argument began when Govea asked Mungia to keep the noise down because his father, who was not feeling well, was asleep inside the residence.
A struggle over a shotgun, who witnesses could not recall where it came from, began, but Mungia's girlfriend at the time was able to take the gun from the men, according to witnesses.
However, the gun later appeared in the hands of Mungia and was used to shoot Govea in the face.
Govea was taken to the hospital and later died from the injuries he sustained.
According to Nueces County Medical Examiner Dr. Adel Shaker, Govea had multiple entrance wounds to the facial area and the pellets from the shotgun had penetrated Govea's face and into his brain.
The shotgun was never recovered.
According to Mungia's interrogation video, Mungia threw the firearm out the truck's window.
Mungia was remanded to the JWC jail.
Mungia will be eligible for parole in 25 to 30 years.