‘El Boy' arrested by Mexican authorities [for Texas
The Brownsville Herald
March 25, 2008
Hernandez wanted in connection with capitol murder of
A near decade old cold triple-homicide case heated up
Monday afternoon when Mexican authorities arrested 25-year-old Ricardo "Ricky"
Hernandez, wanted by Brownsville police for the alleged capital murder
of three teens.
Hernandez, also known as "El Boy," is accused of
shooting 14-year-old Jason Sexton and 18-year-olds Roberto Moreno and
Ricardo Mata with a 9mm pistol on April 25, 1998, on Minnesota Road,
according to Herald archives.
Police Chief Carlos Garcia confirmed Monday afternoon
that he was contacted by Mexican authorities regarding Hernandez's
Hernandez was then handed over to local authorities
at 8:25 p.m. Monday night at the B&M International Bridge.
"That's the person that we've been after for close to
10 years," said Garcia.
Garcia said that Hernandez would under go
fingerprinting identification as well through photo line-ups, to ensure
Hernandez will also be charged with unlawful flight
to avoid prosecution, a federal charge, Garcia said.
Sexton was a student at Oliveira Middle School,
Moreno and Mata were students at Hanna High School.
Shortly after the killing of the three teens, police
detectives said the boys were found shot dead on Minnesota Road inside a
white Chevrolet Camaro. They also reported that Hernandez killed them in
an attempted failed robbery and fled to Matamoros. He had been on the
Hernandez traveled in a Ford Mustang with then-18-year-old
Christopher Carrera while they raced the Camaro occupied by the three
boys down Billy Mitchell Boulevard, according to Herald archives.
Carrera was sentenced in January 2004 to 15 years in
prison for his participation in the triple murder.
The boys then drove up to the Mustang and asked
Carrera and Hernandez if they had any marijuana for sell. Both told the
boys to drive into Minnesota Road.
Hernandez's last known address here was at 1195
Chilton St., according to the Brownsville Crime Stoppers Web site.
Hernandez was 16 and a student at Perkins's Middle
School when he allegedly killed the three boys.
Man pleads guilty to three murders, sentenced to
January 7, 2011
Ricardo “Ricky” Hernandez was 15 when he shot and
killed three Brownsville teenagers in 1998.
Now — at age 28, after hiding out for a decade in
Matamoros and then being sent to the U.S. nearly three years ago by
Mexican authorities — he has pleaded guilty to the crimes.
He was sentenced Friday to 35 years in prison for
each of the three murders. The sentences are to run concurrently.
Hernandez — who reportedly was harbored by the Gulf
Cartel during his decade on the run — appeared Friday before 138th
state District Court Judge Arturo C. Nelson, where he pleaded guilty
to killing Jason Sexton, 14; Roberto Moreno, 18; and Ricardo Mata, 18,
on April 25, 1998.
The three teenagers were shot and left for dead on
Minnesota Road in a remote area of Brownsville.
Asked how he wanted to plea, Hernandez replied, “Guilty.”
He said he was pleading guilty because he had
committed the crime.
His plea seemed to bring little comfort to the
slain teenagers’ families, who say they still do not know why their
boys were killed. They sat in the courtroom, staring at Hernandez, the
man they say changed their lives forever.
“You killed my father. You killed him by taking
away his grandson,” Irma Moreno, Robert’s mother, told Hernandez in
court. “He died a little every day after that. He could not come to
grips, because you took his baby away.”
On that fatal April night, Sexton, Moreno and Mata
were riding in a Chevrolet Camaro, drag racing on Billy Mitchell Road
against Hernandez and Christopher Carrera, who were in a Ford Mustang.
After racing, the two groups met up. Sexton, Moreno
and Mata asked Hernandez if he knew where they could get some beer.
For reasons that are not clear, they all drove to Minnesota Road,
where the teens were killed.
“You are a murderer. ... You will always be the
piece of (expletive) that ripped out my heart and killed my brother,”
Annette Recio angrily told Hernandez in open court.
Mata and Moreno were found lying near Moreno’s
Camaro; Sexton was found in a small ditch a few yards away, according
to police reports. Sexton was shot six times, apparently while trying
“Right now, I don’t think you feel any remorse for
what you did,” Sexton’s mother, Sheryl, told Hernandez quietly. “I
don’t know what any 14-year-old could say or do to make someone shoot
him six times and take his life.”
Authorities still do not know the motive for the
murders. Some speculate it was a botched robbery.
“There is nothing we can be sure of,” said
Assistant District Attorney Peter Gilman. “Some say that Ricky just
wanted to rob them of $10 or something like that, but we don’t know
for sure what the deal is.”
“STILL NO JUSTICE”
Irma Moreno was quick to say she is not satisfied
with the punishment handed down to the man who killed her son. She isn’t
even sure a life sentence would serve as justice. And she does not
think highly of the legal system.
“It sucks. We are not celebrities … we got the (expletive)
end of the deal,” Moreno said, wiping away tears. “My son is gone, the
son that I carried for nine months. The son I raised for 18 years.
“What (Hernandez) did was a very heinous crime. He
took three very beautiful boys that shouldn’t have been killed.”
Cameron County District Attorney Armando R.
Villalobos said he understands their disappointment but his office had
little evidence in the case and the witnesses either are now dead or
hiding in Mexico. There was no way to guarantee a conviction had the
case gone to trial, he said.
“The parents had their sons massacred, so there is
nothing that we can do that is ever going to change that or bring them
back,” Villalobos said. “We have no ill feelings, nothing but
understanding, for what the parents are going through.”
Hernandez and Carrera each claimed the other had
shot the teenagers, the district attorney said.
“All we really had was the Carrera family, who has
given us various stories. One day (Carrera) would tell us that Ricky
did this, and then another day he would say he wasn’t going to testify
against Ricky, so we had a very difficult time getting ready for this
trial,” Villalobos said.
He said his office will send information that links
Hernandez to a Mexican drug cartel to the Texas Department of Criminal
Justice in an attempt to ensure that Hernandez serves the entire term
of his sentence without parole.
Carrera, 30, plead guilty to the murders in January
2004 and received a 15-year prison sentence, in exchange for his
willingness to testify against Hernandez.
After the murders, Hernandez fled to Mexico, where
he remained for about 10 years, reportedly under the protection of the
“That is why we suspect he was able to stay in
Matamoros so long without being turned over,” Villalobos said.
Authorities received information from confidential
sources that links Hernandez with the Gulf Cartel, once headed by
Osiel Cárdenas Guillén.
Cárdenas Guillén, 43, is serving a 25-year sentence
in a U.S. federal penitentiary for conspiracy to traffic drugs, money
laundering, and threatening to assault and murder U.S. federal agents.
Although the district attorney’s office has nothing
on paper, and nothing that would stand up in court, Villalobos said he
believes that when Cárdenas Guillén was given his plea deal of 25
years, part of the agreement was that Hernandez would be turned over
to U.S. authorities.
“We have a lot of ancillary evidence as to what his
(Hernandez’s) membership was, and we are going to provide that
ancillary evidence to TDC in hopes they will classify him as a
security threat,” Villalobos said.
Should officials of the Texas Department of
Criminal Justice accept the district attorney’s paperwork, officials
could force Hernandez to serve his entire sentence with no chance for
Ricardo “Ricky” Hernandez at his trial