A 40 year-old man who shot four people, three fatally, in his southern Johnson County home last year has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Armando Martinez accepted the plea deal Thursday to avoid the death penalty.
On November 12, 2018, Martinez shot and killed Pamela Jean Ramon, 27; Ledis Alberto Lopez, 36; and Jessica Rubioa Agular, 27, in his home at 4640 Woods Crossroads Road in the Meadow community outside of Benson.
A fourth victim, Jose Rubio Arguilar, 30, was critically injured but survived.
“These were horrible, senseless murders,” stated assistant district attorney Jason Waller who prosecuted the case. ‘Three people lost their lives, one person nearly lost his life, and the lives of the children that had to witness the aftermath of the shooting are forever changed. But for the defendant’s show of remorse and quick acceptance of taking a plea to life without the possibility of parole, this is a case that could have been tried as a death penalty case.”
Martinez received 3 consecutive life sentences plus an additional 10 years for the attempted murder of Arguilar.
Martinez fled from the scene in one of the victims’ trucks. The truck was later found wrecked in Harnett County where Martinez was taken into custody.
Johnston County Sheriff Steve Bizzell said in a press release one day after the shooting the incident stemmed from a verbal altercation in the home.
All four of the victims were either family members or a close friend of the alleged gunman.
Scene photos by John Payne