Yesterday, a Bexar County jury in the 186th District Court sentenced Corey Julian Gabriel, age 25, to Life in Prison. On Tuesday, jurors took just 30 minutes to find Gabriel guilty of two counts of Aggravated Sexual Assault and one count of Aggravated Robbery.
In October 2012, Gabriel approached a woman sitting alone in her car in a North side parking lot. Gabriel, who was wearing a mask, held a gun to the window and forced the victim out of the car and then forced her to perform oral sex on him at gunpoint. He took the victim’s purse when he left. During the punishment hearing, jurors learned of another woman who suffered a similar incident with Gabriel.
The woman told jurors she left her apartment in the middle of the night to retrieve a phone from her boyfriend’s vehicle. She said Gabriel surprised her outside the car window at gunpoint and forced himself inside the vehicle. Once inside the car, the woman says Gabriel sexually assaulted her at gunpoint. She said the incident was so traumatic for her, she moved out of town. DNA evidence was obtained from both crimes, and then compared to Gabriel’s DNA profile when he was arrested nearly a year later during a home burglary. The DNA comparison led to the arrest and eventual conviction of Gabriel.
“We will continue to send a message that victimizing women and children will not be tolerated in this community,” said District Attorney Nico LaHood.
Aggravated Sexual Assault is a first degree felony, punishable by 5-99 years or life in prison, and up to a $10,000.00 fine. Aggravated Robbery is a first degree felony, punishable by 5-99 years or life in prison, and up to a $10,000.00 fine. Assistant District Attorneys Scott Simpson and Stephanie Paulissen prosecuted the case against Gabriel out of the 186th District Court.