(TEXAS TRIBUNE) A Webb County jury on Thursday sentenced a Mexican man who repeatedly returned to the United States after being deported to life in prison for the July 2015 murder of his U.S. citizen wife.
The punishment for Juan Francisco De Luna Vasquez, an undocumented immigrant from Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, ends a dark chapter for the family of Angie Martinez, who was a 27-year old mother of three when De Luna bludgeoned her with a hammer then strangled her with a belt.
“We got justice for my sister, that’s all we really wanted,” said sister Martha Martinez.
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The case highlighted gaps in what Martinez’s family said is an immigration system unable to prevent a repeat offender from coming back into the United States after being deported four times.