Thirty years in prison for Cuellar

EMT recalls traumatic injuries on 2-year-old boy in 2015

Kimberly Rubio

Assistant editor

Severo Rosas Cuellar has been sentenced to 30 years in prison and assessed a $10,000 fine after pleading no contest to injury to a child by omission in the 2015 death of his then-girlfriend’s 2-year-old son.

Injuries inflicted on young Ismael Gonzalez on Nov. 25, 2015, included severe trauma to the head, seven broken ribs, a punctured lung, lacerations behind both ears and bruising to his chest, arms, thighs, stomach and genitals.

The boy died Nov. 27, 2015, at University Hospital in San Antonio.

“We got justice for Ismael. Nothing will bring my grandson back, but at least [Cuellar] won’t be out here hurting other kids,” said Janie Martinez, Ismael’s maternal grandmother, at the conclusion of the sentencing hearing. “I’ve had four years to think about what I was going to say but, now that the day has come, I just want to say God bless him and leave it in God’s hands.”

The punishment was handed down Monday by 38th Judicial District Judge Camile DuBose, who hours before rejected a plea bargain that would have left Cuellar with a 20-year prison sentence.

Assistant district attorney Julie Solis presented the option prior to the sentencing hearing, but Cuellar, who was represented by Luis De Los Santos of Eagle Pass, rejected the offer. On, Monday, the morning of the sentencing hearing, Cuellar had a change of heart.


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