A teenager lured two other unsuspecting teenagers into a phony drug deal on New Year’s Day in 2017. Then he shot and killed one of them.
Years later, the then- juvenile shooter learned he will spent the rest of his life behind bars.
Last week, 21-year-old Christopher Rodriguez was sentenced to life by a Harris County, Texas, judge for the shooting death of Daniel Gerding. After a week-long trial, the defendant was found guilty and convicted by a jury of capital murder.
In 2017, then 16-year-old Rodriguez reportedly asked his friend and accomplice, Faith Deleon, then 17 years old, to set up a robbery because he needed money to buy some new clothes. Next, Deleon called her drug dealer, and two 18-year-olds, Gerding and Colyn Timmons, arrived at Studio Movie Grill along the 8500 Block of State Highway 6.
Rodriguez entered the duo’s vehicle and received a gram of marijuana. In exchange, the defendant pulled out a gun and shot Gerding twice in the back, while Timmons was shot in the face as he attempted to get out of the vehicle.
Rodriguez and Deleon immediately fled the scene in a pickup truck.
"This man made a cold-blooded plan to lie, rob and kill and then carried it out.A Harris County jury agreed that it was capital murder, and justice mandates that he spend the rest of his life in prison," said Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg, according to ABC 13.
Gerding later died at a hospital, as Timmons survived the ordeal. Both the defendant and Deleon were arrested a short time later.
Prosecutors initially arrested Rodriguez as a juvenile, but he was later charged as an adult. However, because the crime was committed while the defendant was a juvenile, he will be eligible for parole after 40 years under Texas law.
Deleon, on the other hand, pleaded guilty for her role in the homicide. She will be sentenced on Oct. 4.