A Willmar man, facing a capital murder charge in Texas, has been sentenced to 9 years and 9 months in prison for raping a teen in Willmar last summer.
KWLM reports 22-year-old Esequiel Gomez Junior entered into a plea agreement on the criminal sexual conduct charge in May, and earlier this week was sentenced to 117 months in prison by Judge Don Spilseth. He was given credit for 351 days already served, and was fined $1000. Gomez was accused of raping a 14-year-old girl near the pedestrian bridge in Willmar’s Sperryville Neighborhood July 29th of last year.
Police found DNA evidence in the rape case matched DNA collected in a rape and murder in Tulia Texas last year, and Texas authorities want to try Gomez for the killing of an elderly woman. Kandiyohi County Attorney Jenna Fischer says Gomez is trying to prevent being extradited to Texas where he could face the death penalty. Texas will now go through the paperwork and procedure to get Gomez out of prison in Minnesota so they can try him for the Texas murder.
Gomez still faces Minnesota charges of being a fugitive from justice from Texas, and a hearing on that charge is slated for September 17th.