Dash cam:The jury has decided the fate of the teenager who shot a Harlingen police officer. 19-year-old Abraham Mar will spend 99 years behind bars. Mar will serve two terms for two charges: 99 years for the attempted capital murder of Harlingen Police Officer Carlos Diaz and 2 years for evading arrest in a motor vehicle.
The dash cam video was a huge deciding factor on Monday’s sentencing. The jury gave Mar the maximum sentence for evading arrest and the maximum number of years for attempted capital murder. The 12-member jury began deliberating Mar's fate Friday afternoon, but couldn't come to a conclusion. They met again Monday for more than an hour and a little after 10 a.m., they came back with a verdict.
99 years is what he'll serve but he may be eligible for parole in 49. Mar’s face showed no expression after learning he may spend the rest of his life in prison. He just looked back at his family. But Harlingen Police Officer, Carlos Diaz did. He cried. His family and fellow officers consoled him shortly after hearing the verdict. Mar’s relatives were distraught after learning their family member's future behind bars.
We tried to talk to mar's mother about the decision after leaving the courtroom, but all we got was this:
“She has no comment, man get away! Ya’ll twisted the story around anyways.”
Tears and more tears kept running through Mar's mother's face. She was inconsolable. She stood in a corner at the Cameron County Courthouse and just cried over her son's future.
But the District Attorney's Office was very pleased with the jury's decision. Chief First Assistant, Chuck Mattingly, thanked several law enforcement agencies for their assistance.
Satisfied with the jury's decision, Officer Diaz left the courthouse, but not alone. He was escorted to his car by several police officers.
“He didn't want to speak with anyone right now. He asked me to thank the press, the jury for their service and their decision. As you can imagine, this was a tumultuous and emotional experiencing for Diaz. He had to relive the shooting of June 25th.”
And as he said during his testimony last Thursday, the night of the shooting was his worst nightmare, a nightmare that keeps running through his head and is not sure when, or if it will ever stop.
Mar has two additional charges against him. Both charges are for tampering with physical evidence: his car and the weapon he used to shoot Diaz. Dates for those hearings are yet to be set.
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