Vera Sentenced to Life in Prison for Murder of a U.S. Marine


SAN ANGELO, TX — Following the conclusion of the Whiskey River Saloon murder trial, Ray Vera was handed the maximum penalty for the murder of U.S. Marine Bryce Rudisell: a life sentence in prison.

Deliberations by the jury commenced at 5:25 p.m. today, wrapping up at 8:30 p.m.

During the sentencing phase, 119th District Attorney John Best urged for the harshest punishment, advocating for a life sentence.

Vera faced a potential sentence ranging from 5 to 99 years for murder, in addition to 2 to 20 years for each of the two second-degree felony convictions for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and assault causing serious bodily injury. Vera was found guilty of murdering Rudisell and inflicting severe injuries on Rudisell's fellow Marine, Andrew Cauwell.

In defense, led by attorney Jason Sosa, Vera appealed to the jury for leniency. Vera himself testified, expressing remorse and citing the chaotic nature of the altercation, claiming he could barely recall the events. While he offered apologies, his justifications, including mentioning his broken glasses, were met with skepticism from the jurors.

Vera's daughter also testified, painting a positive picture of him as a stepfather and highlighting the stability of their family life.

District Attorney Best vehemently argued for Vera's lifelong incarceration, alleging Vera's affiliation with criminal motorcycle gangs and portraying him as a violent instigator. Best contended that Vera and his associates instigated the conflict, resorting to cowardly tactics such as surprise attacks and wielding knives against the Marines.

The emotional testimony of Bryce Rudisell's mother underscored the irreparable loss suffered by the family, mourning the absence of the future they had envisioned for their son.

Presiding over the proceedings, 51st District Judge Carmen Dusek ensured that the jury remained in session until a decision on punishment was reached. The jury ultimately opted for the most severe penalty available: life imprisonment. Observers noted the bailiff providing meals to the jurors, with the decision arriving shortly after.

Security measures remained stringent throughout the trial, particularly during the announcement of the verdict and sentencing. However, unlike previous sessions, there were no disturbances in the courtroom upon the pronouncement of the sentence. At the defense's request, each juror confirmed their unanimous decision for life imprisonment.

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Vera could care less about the marine he murdered.

This piece of slug vermin has and will never care.

Hopefully he get sideways in prison and get suicided. 

See what I mean about the "too soft" part of the justice system. This murderer will live off of taxpayer dollars until he dies.... what a fucking joke.

Republicans run Texas and San Angelo, I agree, Republicans are too soft 🤣🤡🤣🤡🤣🤦

Should ha e been the death penalty for ol wanna be bad ass that got his ass kicked. 

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