A teen who raped and murdered his 15-year-old girlfriend in Texas has been sentenced to life in prison.
The jury took less than an hour on Wednesday to convict Jesus Campos Jr., 18, of South Houston, Texas, of the murder of Karen Perez, which carries the automatic sentence of life in prison with parole possible in 40 years.
‘I’ve tried several capital murder cases,’ Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Meriwether said in a statement. ‘But the recording of Karen being raped, and pleading for her life before she was so viciously murdered, will stay with me for the rest of my life.’
Jesus Campos Jr. (left) of South Houston, Texas, was convicted of the murder of Karen Perez (right), after a trial that featured a recording of his then girlfriend’s chilling final words
Karen Perez’s body was found under the kitchen sink inside in an abandoned unit in an apartment complex (pictured) located near her high school
Perez and Campos Jr. (whose identity at the time was initially not disclosed) pose for a selfie together. It was posted on social media after her death
The police had found video with a black screen on Campos Jr.’s cell phone where the last moments of Perez’s were were audibly recorded, KTRK reported.
During the trial, jurors listened to the victim crying and begging him not to kill her: ‘I don’t want to die, Jesus.’
Campos Jr. also had shared a graphic image of Perez’s lifeless body with other teens who refused to turn him with one of them texting ‘bros before hoes,’ according to the Harris County District Attorney’s office.
Karen Perez and the then 15-year-old Jesus Campos Jr. are seen walking hand-in-hand in a tacqueria hours before her brutal death
Karen Perez (pictured above) was in the ninth-grade at South Houston High School at the time of her death.
Campos Jr. initially denied knowing what happened to his girlfriend after she disappeared on May 27, 2016, but a tip eventually led to discovery of the body.
Perez body was later found under a kitchen sink inside an abandoned unit in a Houston, Texas, apartment complex according to KTRK.
Surveillance footage and witnesses pointed to Campos Jr. being the last to see her alive.