GALVESTON – On Thursday June 20th,
2019, John Rodriguez was found guilty by a Galveston County jury for the
offense of aggravated assault of a family member with a deadly weapon. On
Friday June 21st, 2019 that same jury sentenced him to 15 years in prison.
On April 9th, 2017
Corporal Johnson of the Texas City Police Department responded to a 911 call
about a shooting that just occurred at a residence in Texas City. Officers
arrived and saw a male outside of the residence on the ground with a gunshot
wound to his shoulder. Paramedics arrived and transported the victim, Martin
Torrez, to UTMB Hospital for treatment of his injuries.
The shooter was identified as the
victim’s uncle, John Rodriguez. Detectives interviewed Martin Torrez, who said
that the defendant had accused him of not paying the defendant wages for some
previous construction work. Mr. Torrez went to his car to retrieve some money
and when he turned around he saw the defendant holding a gun. After giving the
money to the defendant, Mr. Torrez tried to get the gun away from him, but
before he could do so the defendant pointed the gun and shot him.
John Rodriguez was interviewed by
Detective Felix Flores and confessed that he did shoot his nephew, but he was
not trying to kill him. The defendant told police that the reason he shot
Martin Torrez was to “make a statement.”
Following a guilty verdict on June
20th, the jury was presented with additional punishment evidence on
June 21st. The State introduced evidence of four prior criminal
convictions including one which was for involuntary manslaughter.
Rodriguez will not become eligible
for parole until he serves half of his prison sentence.
John Rodriguez was prosecuted by
Chief Assistant District Attorney Charlotte Kim and Assistant District Attorney
Katlin Robinson in the 122nd District Court, with Judge John Ellisor
presiding. The District Attorney’s Office would like to thank the Texas City
Police Department for their excellent work in investigating this case.
Shawn Eric Connally
Assistant Criminal District
Galveston County District