A Borger man has been sentenced to 45 years for a murder that occurred in the spring of 2010.
Yesterday, visiting 316th District Judge David Gleason sentence Jose Israel Rodas, 38, of Borger, to 45 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for the April 17, 2010, slaying of 36-year-old Gloria Arias.
Her body was found with multiple stab wounds early in the morning of April 18, 2010, in her apartment at 504 West Second Street in Borger. After an in-depth investigation by the Borger Police Department, Rodas, a native of El Salvador and the former boyfriend of Arias, was named as the key suspect and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
On April 21, 2010, Rodas was captured in the canyons northwest of Borger by using a Texas DPS helicopter along with the assistance of several local law enforcement agencies. Rodas was indicted by a Hutchinson County Grand Jury on June 3, 2010, for first degree felony murder.
As part of the plea agreement, Rodas pleaded guilty to the murder, waived his right to a jury trial and he further waived his right of appeal. 84th District Attorney Mark W. Snider prosecuted the case for the State and Rodas was represented by Borger Attorney James Mosley.
Over the last year and a half, District Attorney Snider and his staff have met several time with Arias' children, and they approve of the 45-year prison sentence given to Rodas.
Several members of the Arias family, as well as Borger Police Department detectives who investigated the murder, were present at the hearing. All three of Arias' children were able to formally address Rodas in court following his sentencing.
District Attorney Snider said he is very pleased with the outcome of the case and hopes Rodas will remain incarcerated for the remainder of his life.