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Posted on: December 7, 2016

12/7/2016 - Swift Life Sentence for Murder Defendant Who Killed Man with Hammer and Dismembered Body

San Antonio, Texas, December 7, 2016: Late yesterday afternoon, a Bexar County jury in the 437th District Court took less than 10 minutes to sentence Michael Scott Quinn, age 53, to life in prison and assessed a $10,000.00 fine. On Monday, jurors convicted Quinn of the 2013 murder of Albert Guerra, age 56, in 20 minutes.

On May 4, 2013, Quinn accompanied his former girlfriend, Connie Yanez, to Guerra’s home and struck him in the back of his head with a hammer over a dozen times. Quinn then cut off the victim’s legs with a tree trimming saw and set the north side home on fire. Under questioning by San Antonio police, Quinn told detectives he killed Guerra because Guerra had hit Yanez and said, “I don’t feel sorry he’s dead.” On the stand during the punishment phase, Quinn claimed he had no memory of what happened and only briefly recalled dismembering the victim while drinking tequila.

“This defendant is a menace to society,” said District Attorney Nico LaHood. “The jury reached the proper decision in sending him away for the rest of his life.”

Murder is a first degree felony, punishable by 5-99 years, or life in prison and up to a $10,000.00 fine. However, Quinn’s punishment range was enhanced to 15 years to life in prison because he was considered a repeat offender. In October 2009, Quinn was sentenced to 6 years in prison for Intoxication Assault. Quinn critically injured his passenger during a drunken driving crash in August 2008. Additionally, Quinn has been arrested out of state for driving drunk and aggravated assault. While awaiting trial for Guerra’s murder, Quinn attempted to escape from the Bexar County Jail with another inmate. Today, a judge sentenced Yanez to 15 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for her involvement in the incident. Assistant District Attorneys Jason Goss and Talia Triesch prosecuted the case against Quinn in the 437th District Court.

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