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Man sentenced to 40 years for fatal VIA bus shooting

Zachary Gonzalez also fined $1,500

SAN ANTONIO – A judge sentenced Zachary Gonzalez, 21, to 40 years in prison as the result of a plea deal for killing a man on a VIA bus on Nov. 11, 2014.

Gonzalez and Donovan Arzola, 23, got into an argument on the bus before Gonzalez shot Arzola.

"My brother stood up to Zachary Gonzalez," said the victim's brother, Joe Arzola Jr. "He never stood down to any type of naysayers or evil."

Police frantically searched for Gonzalez for hours after the shooting, sparking a widespread manhunt.

He was in police custody the next day.

Arzola's family finally got their chance to tell Gonzalez about the man he took from them during Monday's sentencing.

"He stood up for the weak and innocent that day, but you, Zachary Gonzalez, decided to shoot him to death and run off like a coward," said a spokesperson for the family.

Joe Arzola Sr., the victim's father, said Gonzalez flashed them the peace sign as the family walked out of the court room.

Arzola's family questions Gonzalez's sentence but said they are satisfied to be at the end of a very long legal road.

"I mean, 40 years is OK, right, if you take a life. But you've got to think about every other life that it affected," said Arzola Jr.

"We can finally put my son, mijo, to rest where he knows that justice was served in some way," Arzola Sr. said.

Gonzalez will get credit for time already served in jail. 


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