Man gets 99-year sentence in gang shooting that killed young mother

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A 22-year-old man described by prosecutors as a gang member seeking revenge was sentenced Monday to 99 years in prison for killing a young mother of two.

Jacob Cordero fatally shot Christina Davila, 21, at a party on Oct. 23, 2011, and wounded seven other people, prosecutors said.

The 99-year sentence included a count of engaging in organized crime. In addition, he was sentenced to 50 years in prison on 14 counts of aggravated assault and engaging in organized crime in connection with wounding the seven other people. The prison terms will run concurrently, state District Judge Mike Thomas ruled.

Cordero must serve 30 years before he is eligible for parole, prosecutor Michelle Dobson said.

Prosecutors told jurors Monday that at the time of the shooting, Cordero was on parole on a conviction for assaulting a public servant. According to Tarrant County district clerk’s records, Cordero was sentenced to three years in prison on June 28, 2010.

Cordero’s mother, his ex-girlfriend and a chaplain who met him in the Tarrant County Jail all testified Monday that the jury’s guilty verdict Friday surprised them. Cordero was always polite and respectful, they told the jury.

“I’ve known Jacob since 2006, and I wanted to support him,” the mother of Cordero’s ex-girlfriend testified Monday. “He deserves another chance in life.”

Prosecutors said Cordero showed no mercy to the woman he killed and the seven people he wounded, and he deserved no mercy from the jury.

“Don’t you know that all of his boys are listening?” Tamla Ray, Tarrant County prosecutor, said during her closing argument. “What is it you want them to hear? Anybody on that street could have lost their lives.”

The background to the shooting was that two rival gangs were at war, according to prosecutors.

A friend of Davila’s had knocked Cordero down at La Gran Plaza, 4200 South Freeway, the day before the shooting, and that embarrassed him so much he plotted revenge, prosecutors said.

Members of one gang and their friends, including Davila, were “hanging out” on the night of the shooting at a house in the 3700 block of Frazier Avenue on Fort Worth’s south side, not far from Bluebonnet Circle.

Cordero approached in the darkness and opened fire with an assault rifle, prosecutors said.

Police later found 25 shell casings and one unfired round outside the house, Dobson said.

Cordero had a friend disassemble the weapon he used and dispose of it, prosecutors said. Police found a portion of the rifle submerged in Echo Lake. Prosecutors presented evidence that the friend who disposed of the rifle and others in whom Cordero confided linked him to Davila’s slaying.

One of the party-goers who was shot twice in the back spoke to the court after the sentence was read aloud.

“Jacob, I don’t know you, but I don’t wish bad things for you,” she said. “I pray for your soul as this is not your final judgment. That morning took a piece of each of us. It’s been a long two years. Now justice has finally been served.”

Mitch Mitchell, 817-390-7752 Twitter: @mitchmitchel3

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