Judge Terrell hands down sentence; victim's mother spoke to Garza

Christopher Maher, Alice Echo-News Journal

Alejandro Carbajal Garza Jr., who was convicted of capital murder Friday, was in court again Tuesday for a sentencing hearing before District Judge Richard Terrell.

Wearing an orange county jail jumpsuit and shackled at his wrists and ankles, Garza was brought into the courtroom under tight security Tuesday afternoon.

Judge Terrell read aloud the verdict of the jury, which was announced Friday, and sentenced Garza to life in a Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison without the possibility of parole.

Under state law, defendants who are convicted of capital murder in cases in which the prosecution did not seek the death penalty must be sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Following Judge Terrell's announcement of the sentence, Noemi Silva, the mother of Javier "Jammer" Sanchez, the victim in the case, read a prepared statement from the witness stand.

"I would like for you to know the pain and suffering that you have caused my family," Silva said. "You took someone who can never be replaced.

"I pray that one day God will give me the strength in my heart to forgive you."

At the close of the hearing, Garza was returned to the county jail.

Following a four-day trial, a Jim Wells County jury found Garza guilty of capital murder charges on Friday, in connection with the shooting death of Sanchez on Jan. 2, 2006.

Two other men, Alonzo "Lowrider" Gonzalez and Alfred "Casper" Gonzales, have also been indicted on capital murder charges related to Sanchez's death, but have not yet gone to trial.