A man accused of slashing the throat of his roommate and dumping him on a Texas City sidewalk will spend up to the next 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to murder.
Juan Carlos Ramirez-Vargas, 28, of Galveston, pleaded guilty to the murder to Pablo Padilla, according to court records.
Ramirez-Vargas was arrested in January 2020, a day after Padilla’s body was found on a sidewalk in Texas City. Padilla’s throat had been cut, according to police.
Ramirez- Vargas lived with Padilla at a home on 52nd Street in Galveston, and police said the two men were together on the evening of Padilla’s death. Police found bloody clothes and other items in Ramirez-Vargas’ apartment while they were investigating Padilla’s death.
Blood from the items recovered in Ramirez-Vargas’ room later were matched to Padilla, police said.
Ramirez-Vargas pleaded guilty to the murder charge Nov. 18, according to court records. He’ll be eligible for parole in 2036.
Ramirez-Vargas had been held at the Galveston County Jail since his arrest. After his plea, he was transferred to a state prison in Huntsville, according to prison records.
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