San Antonio father going to prison for killing his son
A San Antonio man convicted of killing his 14-year-old son, supposedly by accident, was sentenced Friday to 12 years in prison.
Andres Delgado III, 45, was convicted of manslaughter in the death of his son, Andres Delgado IV, after pleading no contest earlier this month. The teen was shot last year as he slept in his home on the East Side.
At a hearing before Judge Ron Rangel, Delgado’s lawyer asked for leniency for his client, saying Delgado had suffered greatly. He suggested the judge sentence him to probation.
“It’s a nightmare,” defense attorney Miguel Najera said. “It’s a nightmare for any parent to lose a son at your own hand.”
But prosecutor Ryan Wright urged the judge to impose the maximum sentence, arguing that Delgado was a former gang member who regularly drank alcohol in excess and used cocaine.
Rangel chose the maximum.
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Dozens of family members filled the gallery for Friday’s hearing. Some said Delgado was a good man who turned his life around after his two children were born. They said Delgado raised the kids single-handedly, often taking them biking or on family vacations.
Others said that there should be consequences for Delgado’s actions, regardless of whether it was an accident.
After Rangel announced the sentence, the whole family burst into tears.
According to testimony Friday, Delgado was using cocaine and drinking alcohol the morning of March 14, 2018, when he supposedly heard a gunman breaking into his daughter’s room.
Delgado told authorities he went into his daughter’s room and saw an armed gunman fire two shots into the room.
Using three handguns, an AR-15 and his shotgun, Delgado told police he returned fire in defense of his family, an arrest affidavit stated.
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Investigators said at the time that Delgado’s story of a break-in and a shots being fired into the home did not match up with evidence at the scene. They found suspected narcotics, more than 50 live rounds of handgun, rifle and shotgun ammunition inside the home, along with several bullets and bullet fragments in almost every room of the house, the arrest affidavit stated.
After investigators concluded the father “recklessly shot the different weapons (and) accidentally shot the victim,” Delgado was arrested.
Emilie Eaton is a criminal justice reporter in the San Antonio and Bexar County area. Read her on our free site, mySA.com, and on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com. | firstname.lastname@example.org | Twitter: @emilieeaton