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Member of Hermanos Pistoleros Latinos In San Antonio Put To Death For Triple Murder of Rival Mexican Mafia Gang Members

November 4, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
Member of Hermanos Pistoleros Latinos In San Antonio Put To Death For Triple Murder of Rival Mexican Mafia Gang Members Image courtesy of mysanantonio.com

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Former San Antonio gang member Miguel Angel Paredes was executed last week for his role in a 2002 slaying that left three people dead.

“To the victim’s family, I want you to know that I hope you let go of all of the hate because of all my actions,” Paredes said before he was injected with a lethal dose of pentobarbital at 6:32 p.m. Oct. 28. “I came in as a lion and I come as peaceful as a lamb. I’m at peace. “

He was declared dead, 22 minutes later, at 6:54 p.m., becoming the 10th person executed in Texas this year and the 518th put to death in Texas since the state resumed executions in 1982.

Paredes, who was 18 years-old at the time of the murder was convicted for the shooting deaths of Adrian Torres, 27; his 23-year-old girlfriend, Nelly Bravo; and Shawn Michael Cain, 23. Their three charred burned bodies were found in nearby Frio County.

His two co-defendants, John Anthony Saenz and Greg Alvarado, were also found guilty in the deaths. Both were sentenced to life in prison.

Paredes’ Attorneys took his case to the U.S. Supreme Court, however the high court denied Paredes’ final appeal, clearing the way for the execution. His lawyer had argued that his previous lawyer had not properly investigated Paredes’ mental health history.

Bexar County prosecutors claimed the three were settling a drug debt with Torres when the murders occurred. But Paredes, 32, told the San Antonio Express-News he and his fellow Hermanos Pistoleros Latinos associates met up with Torres, a member of a rival gang, the Mexican Mafia, to confront him about threats he had made.

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