San Antonio, Texas, November 2, 2016: This afternoon, Visiting Judge Raymond Angelini sentenced Faustino Vasquez, age 35, to Life in prison. Last week, Bexar County jurors took just 30 minutes to find Vasquez guilty of the March 2015 murder of Pete Gonzales.
On March 15, 2015, the defendant was celebrating his birthday at a downtown nightclub when he was kicked out of the building 13 minutes before closing time. Vasquez left the nightclub, went to his vehicle and retrieved a handgun. Six minutes after he was kicked out, Vasquez was seen pulling up in front of the nightclub, getting out of his vehicle and firing his weapon into a crowd standing in front of the club. Pete Gonzales, who was the nightclubs' front man, was shot twice. He later died at the hospital from his wounds.
Vasquez, who left the location after the shooting, was arrested four days later by SAPD Gang Unit officers at a relative’s home. During the trial, several witnesses including the defendant’s friends and club patrons were able to identify Vasquez as the shooter from his known alias, "Kasper."
In the sentencing hearing, the victim’s wife testified that Pete was a father of three who adored his children and was a hard worker who loved life.
"That night the defendant showed no regard for human life," said Assistant District Attorney Julie Wright. "Pete’s family will live their own life sentence without him.”
Vasquez has an extensive criminal history, which includes convictions for criminal mischief, arson and indecency with a child by contact - where the victim was only 4 years old. Murder is a first degree felony, punishable by 5-99 years or life in prison and up to a $10,000.00 fine; however, due to his past criminal history, Vasquez was considered a habitual offender, meaning his punishment range was enhanced to 25 years to life in prison. Assistant District Attorneys Julie Wright and Jessica Schulze from our Criminal Trial Division prosecuted the case against Vasquez in the 227th District Court.