San Antonio, Texas, March 9, 2017: Yesterday, a Bexar County jury in the 187th District Court sentenced Benjamin Poehlmann, age 34, to 35 years in Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Jurors convicted Poehlmann of the 2014 Christmas Day murder of Roxann Sanchez, age 28.
On December 25, 2014, Poehlmann shot and killed Roxann Sanchez at his home on First View Drive, near Perrin Beitel. The defendant’s sister who also lived in the home heard a loud noise and found Sanchez on the floor lifeless and her brother out of his wheelchair, crying. She added the victim and the defendant were arguing that morning and had a relationship where they were, “always fighting.” When San Antonio police arrived, they found Poehlmann on the ground next to the victim. Investigators recovered a handgun and shell casings at the scene. During the punishment phase of the trial, Poehlmann claimed there was never any real disagreement that morning and he was just cleaning his gun when it “went off.”
Prior to committing the murder, the defendant was convicted in 2006 and 2009 of felon in possession of a firearm. Additionally, he was convicted of felony evading and possession of a controlled substance. Police had responded to the same household where the murder occurred in July 2014 when the defendant’s sister complained of gunshots inside the home. The defendant denied shooting inside the house, but the firearms were taken into custody and removed from the home. Regardless, the defendant admitted that he bought another firearm from an “associate” despite being a convicted felon and repeatedly being convicted for that same crime. The victim was 28 years old when she died and left behind 4 young children.
Murder 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 Michael De Leon and Alfredo Ramirez from our Criminal Trial Division prosecuted the case against Poehlmann in the 187th District Court.