Convicted felon sentenced to life in prison for robbing couple at gunpoint in front of their children

John Casarez convicted of aggravated robbery, must serve 30 years before he’s eligible for parole

John Paul Casarez, 47, sentenced to life in prison for robbing couple at gunpoint in front of their three children. (KSAT)

SAN ANTONIO – A 47-year-old convicted felon who committed a series of robberies in San Antonio after being released from prison was sentenced to life behind bars, the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office said Wednesday.

John Casarez, who also went by Pete Rojas, was found guilty of aggravated robbery. The DA’s office said the defendant robbed a woman and her husband at gunpoint in front of their three children.

Casarez was linked to other armed robberies and shootings and was charged as a repeat offender. He was previously convicted of attempted capital murder of a police officer, the DA’s office said.

Casarez was sentenced to 37 years in prison in that case and served 24 before being released on parole in November 2017. He was sentenced Wednesday for his current trial, two weeks after a jury found him guilty.

The DA’s office said Casarez must serve at least 30 years before he can be considered for parole.