Questions have arisen after a jury allegedly made a mistake when sentencing a former Cameron County jailer.
Cameron County District Attorney Luis V. Saenz said jurors found former jailer Marco Gonzalez guilty on nine counts of aggravated assault and intended to sentence him to 45 years in prison. The jury, though, mistakenly sentenced him to five years.
“They issued a five year verdict on each count thinking in their mind that the judge was going to stack it and he was going to end up with at least 45 years,” Saenz said. “That was the mistake that they made.”
Gonzalez was convicted on nine counts of aggravated assault stemming from a police standoff in 2014.
“A school was on lockdown, the whole area was being terrorized for hours and for somebody to walk away claiming to be a nice guy, just doesn’t cut it with me,” said Brownsville police Chief Orlando Rodriguez.
State District Judge Elia Cornejo-Lopez- presided over the trial.
“I cannot interpret this for the jury, that’s not my job because if I interpret this for the jury it can be considered a comment about what they should do,” Cornejo-Lopez said. “I’m neutral in the bench.”
In the documents given to jurors, there is nothing mentioned about whether or not charges would run concurrently or consecutively.
Cornejo said it would be up to the state and defense to specify those details during closing arguments.