Texas City Man Sentenced to 15 Years for Aggravated Assault
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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.



Thank you,


Shawn Eric Connally

Assistant Criminal District Attorney

Galveston County District Attorney’s Office

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