San Antonio, Texas, May 2, 2017: Today, Visiting Judge Raymond Angelini sentenced Rosalio Anthony Barraza, age 22, to 40 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. In late March, a Bexar County jury in the 290th District Court took just 30 minutes to find Barraza guilty of the 2013 murder of Isaac Arocha.
On July 20, 2013, Barraza and Arocha got into a verbal altercation at a party on Weir Avenue on the city’s west side. Witnesses said Barraza walked outside and told Arocha to meet him in the middle of the street. As Arocha walked towards the street, Barraza was seen pulling out a .22 caliber revolver and firing at Arocha. Barraza fired the weapon six times, striking Arocha in the chin, neck, hand and three times in the chest. Arocha died a short time later.
San Antonio police searched the area for Barraza and then enlisted the help of their Repeat Offender Program (ROP) and U.S. Marshals. Barraza was eventually apprehended in Nuevo Leon, Mexico, and extradited back to Bexar County in October 2016. Following Barraza’s sentencing, the victim’s father addressed the defendant during a victim impact statement. Arocha’s father told Barraza how life without his son will never be the same and that he will never move on from this.
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 Matthew Ludowig and Gary Barton from our Criminal Trial Division prosecuted the case against Barraza in the 290th District Court.