Teen sentenced to 35 years for stabbing of ex-girlfriend

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SAN ANTONIO — Eduardo Reyes, 19, was sentenced Wednesday to 35 years in prison for the December 2013 stabbing death of his ex-girlfriend.

Megan Hernandez, 17, was stabbed to death while sitting at the bus stop outside Por Vida Academy, holding the couple’s 11-month-old daughter when the attack began. Reyes testified he was upset that it seemed the on-again off-again couple would be breaking up. He believed she was seeing someone else.

Prosecutor Cynthia Maldonado asked Reyes under cross examination whether the argument the couple got into at the bus stop, in front of classmates, had embarrassed him. Witness testimony revealed Hernandez asked Reyes to leave several times before the stabbing.

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“I was embarrassed just to leave her, to leave her with my baby, for her to take my baby to another man’s house,” he said.

Reyes’ defense attorney, Robert Gebbia, argued his client acted in a moment of “sudden passion,” which would have capped his possible punishment at 20 years in prison. A plea agreement Reyes signed with the state stipulated that if sudden passion was rejected, then he faced a cap of 50 years.

State District Judge Sid Harle, finding that sudden passion was not justified, sentenced Reyes Wednesday after hearing about five hours of testimony.

“There’s no excuse for any of it,” Harle said to Reyes, as he briefly discussed the difficulties faced by teen parents raising children. “I wish somebody would have reached out to both of you and gotten you more help.”


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