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Texas man found guilty of murder conspiracy of wife and her family in Mexico

October 21, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Texas man found guilty of murder conspiracy of wife and her family in Mexico Samuel Velasco Gurrola convicted with murdering wife, two family members

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A Texas jury took under three hours to issue a guilty verdict for Samuel Velasco Gurrola, the El Paso man accused of taking part in a murder conspiracy, in which his wife, her sister, and their father were killed in Mexico.

The 41-year-old Samuel Velasco Gurrola faces life behind bars after he was convicted this week of conspiracy to cause foreign travel for murder for hire, along with conspiracy to commit murder in a foreign country.

Two of the suspect’s family members have pleaded guilty to charges in connection with the murder conspiracy and are facing life sentences.

Trial testimony indicated that that Velasco worked with two siblings to murder his wife, Ruth Sagredo Escobedo, to preclude her from testifying against him in a child sexual assault case.

According to prosecutors, the slayings of the man’s sister-in-law and father-in-law were conspired to get Sagredo to go to Ciudad Juarez to attend their funerals.

Francisco Maria Sagredo Villareal was killed inside of his home in back in 2008. Just one month later, his daughter Cinthia Sagredo Escobedo was discovered dead.

Velasco’s wife was murdered a few days later at the funeral.

Testimony revealed that the man had initially planned to kill his wife during her father’s funeral, but the plan was thwarted — so he decided to murder his sister-in-law to lure Sagredo back across the border.

Velasco was originally facing a 99-year prison sentence stemming from a 2005 sexual-assault case where his wife was a witness and was scheduled to testify. The case was ultimately dismissed after the woman’s murder.

During last week’s trial, Eduardo Avalos Sr., Sagredo’s first husband and father of their children, said that Sagredo was prepared to testify in Velasco’s case.

He stated: “She was very adamant about getting this person (Velasco) prosecuted and have him pay for what he did,” CBS News reported.

Velasco’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for January 25, 2017.

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