San Antonio man gets prison term in killing of victim who was stuffed in trash barrel
A San Antonio man accused of fatally shooting another man in 2016 and stuffing his body inside a trash barrel has been sentenced.
Derrick Rodriguez, charged with murder in the death of Abel Salazar, 33, on Sept. 30, 2016, pleaded no contest Tuesday and was sentenced to prison at a hearing before Judge Catherine Torres-Stahl.
No clear motive was given in the killing.
Bexar County Sheriff’s deputies received a tip that Rodriguez, then 20, had killed someone and was armed inside a home in the 21300 block of Trumbo Road on the South Side.
According to reports, deputies took him into custody when they forced their way into the home after negotiators couldn’t persuade Rodriguez to come out on his own.
As authorities searched near the home, they discovered Salazar’s body inside a trash barrel.
As part of a plea agreement, Rodriguez pleaded no contest and was sentenced to 32 1/2 years in prison. He will have to serve at least half of that time before he is eligible for parole.
The hearing was heard in the 175th state District Court.
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