In 1976, U.S. Army Major Chester Garrett was found murdered in far east El Paso. Although his wife and step-son were immediately suspected, without conclusive evidence, the case went cold. Thanks to the hard work of the El Paso County Sheriff's Office, the case was re-opened, additional witnesses came forward, and eventually, both Lisbeth and Roger Garrett were arrested in 2013. In two separate trials, both were found guilty of murder and sentenced to 45 and 40 years imprisonment respectively.
In 2013, after stalking his ex-girlfriend Miriam Salas Aguirre for a period of time, in the dark of night, Vasquez broke in an apartment Miriam shared with her friend in central El Paso. After fighting and stabbing other occupants in the apartment, Vasquez cut Miriam's throat with knife and fled the apartment. Vasquez was found guilty of capital murder and sentenced to life without parole.
In 2014, Shannon Del Rio and Joshua and Isaiah Deal were driving home in the early morning hours of Christmas Eve when they were t-boned by Garcia in far east El Paso. Garcia, who was out on bond for misdemeanor DWI, was significantly intoxicated. Despite the judge excluding his specific blood alcohol level, Garcia was found guilty of intoxication manslaughter and sentenced to 33 years imprisonment.
In 2014, Marta Acevedo strangled her husband with her kitchen apron after a lifelong tumultuous relationship and a heavy night of drinking. Acevedo was arrested for murder, convicted, and sentenced by a jury to 25 years in prison.
In 2014, Castruita, a career criminal and Barrio Azteca gang member, shot and killed Efren Gonzalez, a 22-year-old student who was crossing Mesa Street near the Cincinnati Entertainment District, in a drive-by shooting because Efren had crossed in front of Castruita's vehicle. Castruita was found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment.
In 2014, Gerardo Luna was killed by several acquaintances inside a dilapidated building owned by Billy Abraham in downtown El Paso. McNair participated in both killing Mr. Luna and setting his body on fire. He was arrested, convicted, and sentenced to 99 years in prison.
In 2015, Lamb was arrested for family violence against his wife. However, as a result of two prior family violence convictions in California, he was facing a minimum of 25 years imprisonment. While locked up in the El Paso County Jail, Lamb devised a plan to kill his wife and ultimately offered an undercover El Paso police detective $150,000 to kill her. He was found guilty of solicitation of capital murder and sentenced to 40 years.
In 2015, Blanca Rivera was assaulted by her husband, Quintero Rios, in front of her neighbors and daughter. Before police officers could arrive, Quintero Rios dragged Blanca into their bedroom, shot her, and attempted to staged the scene to make it appear as though Blanca shot herself. Thanks to the exceptional crime scene reconstruction work of the El Paso Police Department, Quintero Rios was found guilty of murder and sentenced to 65 years imprisonment.
In 2015, after years of abusive and controlling behavior, Dudley shot and killed his wife, Deanna Stewart, who he incorrectly suspected of infidelity. Dudley was arrested for murder, convicted, and sentenced to 80 years.
In 2014, EPCC professor William Wolff was in the midst of a contentious divorce. After his ex-wife, Erika Quinones, disobeyed a family court order and kidnapped their daughter to Mexico, William spent months trying to get her back. In 2015, Erika's father, Javier, crossed back into the United States to kill William. After separate trials, Erika was convicted of aggravated kidnapping and Javier Quinones was convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment.
In 2016, Cuellar filed for divorce from his wife Maria after he discovered that she was having an affair with her coworker, David Miranda. Even after filing for divorce, Cuellar and his friend continued to follow Maria and David for several months and ultimately ambushed them at a canal in the Lower Valley, killed them, and set Maria's car and body on fire. Thanks to the assistance of the FBI's Cellular Analysis Survey Team, Cuellar was found guilty of capital murder and sentenced to life without parole.
In 2016, just days before leaving to start his freshman year of college, Mailland and Marco Nava arranged to purchase a small amount of THC oil from Christian Jorjorian. Mailland and Nava had no intention of purchasing the drug and had planned to rob Christian with Mailland's firearm. After Christian refused to comply with their demands, they shot him. Mailland and Nava were both convicted and sentenced to 45 and 30 years respectively.
In 2016, violence broke out in a methamphetamine importation and distribution ring in the Lower Valley after a small amount of the drug went missing. As retribution, multiple individuals associated with the ring were detained, beaten, and effectively tortured at different properties that the ring operated out of. One of the victims, Anthony Trejo was killed, dismembered, and had his body buried in northeast El Paso. Nine individuals were arrested for various offenses, including engaging in organized criminal activity, murder, kidnapping, and tampering with evidence. Eight of the nine have been convicted, including the suspected ringleader, Adrian Herrera, who was sentenced to 60 years imprisonment. One defendant is still pending trial.
In 2017, four former Fort Bliss soldiers broke into the apartment of Tyler Croke, an Afghanistan veteran, to steal drugs from him. After a struggle, the defendants cut Tyler's throat with a knife. Fernandez served as both the lookout and getaway driver. Fernandez was found guilty of capital murder for her role in the plot and sentenced to life without parole,
In 2018, shortly after moving into an apartment complex off-post, two Fort Bliss soldiers got into a argument during which Cabral shot Zachary McGuire in the head at a very close distance. After shooting Zachary, Cabral attempted to stage the scene as a suicide. Cabral was found guilty of murder and sentenced to 42 years imprisonment.