FORT WORTH -- A man convicted of stabbing and killing his ex-girlfriend's mother has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Samuel Velez, 36, was convicted of capital murder Wednesday, according to a release sent Friday from the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney's Office. Because prosecutors waived the death penalty, Velez was sentenced automatically to life without parole.
The release states that on Aug. 6, 2012, Velez broke into his ex-girlfriend Yudith Pena's trailer on Lt. JG Barnett Road while no one was home. He fixed the door he had broken through and hid knives around the house, waiting for Pena to arrive.
When Pena and her mother, Ana Gomez, returned, Pena found Velez in her bedroom with a knife and began struggling with him.
Gomez was stabbed at least 16 times and died at the scene. Pina was stabbed multiple times and managed to escape the trailer to call for help. Velez was arrested about six hours later and confessed to police.
“The defendant’s cruel obsession for his ex-girlfriend resulted in tragedy for the Pina family,” prosecutor Mark Thielman said. “The credit for this successful prosecution rests with the courage of the surviving victim and the swift and diligent work of the Fort Worth Homicide Division.”