SAN ANTONIO – A 22-year-old man was sentenced to life in prison Thursday for the shooting death of a good Samaritan in a Walmart parking lot.
A judge also sentenced Teles Juarez to 20 years for his conviction on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The life sentence was punishment for a murder charge.
Isidro Zarate and his family were headed to see Christmas lights on Nov. 25, 2016, but first made a stop at a Walmart in the 1600 block of Vance Jackson Road.
"I was waiting for my husband at the curb, waiting for him to come back around to pick me up, and I noticed a commotion on the side," Lisa Benavides-Zarate said at the sentencing hearing.
Moments later, she would learn her husband of 22 years was dead.
"I went over just to look and I noticed it was my car," she said. "And I ran to it and it was my husband in there."
Isidro Zarate was waiting outside the store for his wife when police say he tried to intervene as Juarez was assaulting a woman. Moments later, he was shot and killed, police said.
The victim's widow described her husband, a father of four sons, as a man with a heart to help others.
"I struggle every morning to get out of bed, to keep going," she said. "You know, there's times when I want to take my own life. You know, he was my partner. But I don't see that fair enough for my kids."