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Posted on: May 17, 2018

5/17/2018 - Life Sentence for Man Who Killed Friend over Stolen Welder

San Antonio, Texas, May 17, 2018Last week, it took a Bexar County Jury in the 226th District Court less than five minutes to find Jim Longoria, age 70, guilty of the Murder of Gary Davila. The same jury sentenced Longoria to life in prison in just 20 minutes.

In January 2017, Jim Longoria was driving down Five Palms Drive with his six-year-old grandson looking for Gary Davila. Longoria found Davila and exited the car to confront him, yelling and cursing at Davila. As the confrontation escalated, Longoria pointed a gun at Davila and shot him once. Longoria’s grandson ran out of the vehicle, but Longoria put him back in the car and drove off, leaving Davila to die.

During the trial, Jim Longoria claimed he shot Davila in self-defense. Longoria claimed that he had seen Davila walking down the street and wanted to question him about a welder that had been stolen from his house. 

Assistant District Attorneys Nick Socias and Clayton Haden from the District Attorney’s Criminal Trial Division prosecuted the case against Longoria in the 226th District Court.


Murder is a first degree felony, punishable by 5-99 years or life in prison and up to a $10,000.00 fine.

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