HOUSTON – Melissa Martinez was sentenced to 21 months behind bar for her role in the death of her son’s prom date, Jacqueline Gomez.
Martinez had nothing to say to Gomez’ family, but Gomez’ mother had a lot to say and didn’t hold back when she faced Martinez in the courtroom.
Two mothers, eye to eye, in a Harris County courtroom – one still grieving from the death of her daughter, and another just watched her son get sentenced to 25 years in prison for killing the 17-year-old.
On Tuesday, Martinez pleaded guilty for her role in providing the couple with Vicodin and alcohol.
Gomez’ mother gave an emotional impact statement on the stand, telling Martinez that she deserves to see her daughter’s face every day for what she did to her.
“It gave me a little closure but she didn’t show any remorse,” Annie Barron, mother of Jacqueline Gomez, said. “From a mother to a mother that was not acceptable.”
Prosecutors say Martinez not only gave the teens drugs and alcohol, but also booked them a hotel room
She also lied to Gomez’ mother because she wanted them to quote “have a good time.”
Martinez’ son Eddie Herrera admitted he choked Gomez in that room during rough sex.
Herrera called his mother when he woke up and found Gomez dead the next morning. The two reportedly waited for hours before calling 911.
“From a mother’s standpoint, her behavior in this case, I can’t wrap my head around another mother lying and being deceitful to another mother,” Justin Wood, assistant district attorney, said.
“Certainly my client has deep regret and pain as well, and there’s great sorrow everywhere involved in this case,” David Mitcham, Martiniez’s defense attorney, said.
Martinez was led straight out of the courtroom to lockup.
Gomez’ family says they are just grateful that they do not have to relive that prom night over again in another trial.
While the family of Gomez believes Martinez deserves more time, the maximum in this case was 24 months behind bars.