Minister Pleads Guilty to Murdering Wife

Pentecostal minister to be sentenced Friday

Wednesday, Apr 18, 2012  |  Updated 8:50 AM CDT
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Minister Pleads Guilty to Murdering Wife

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A South Texas Pentecostal minister has pleaded guilty to murder in the fatal shooting of his wife a little more than a year ago.

Julio Cesar Perez is scheduled to be sentenced on Friday in state district court in Brownsville.

The Brownsville Herald reports that, under terms of his plea deal, prosecutors would recommend a 45-year prison sentence for the 42-year-old minister in the death of his 39-year-old wife, Sonia Perez.

The minister had originally been charged with capital murder. He is the last of six men to admit to their roles in a plot to kill the Rio Hondo schoolteacher.

The triggerman in the case, Daniel Lopez, was sentenced to life in prison without parole for his guilty plea.

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