A 13-year-old faced sentencing in the heart-wrenching fatal shooting of a North Texas Sonic employee in May, in which the young teen was found delinquent of murder and sentenced to 12 years in juvenile detention. The incident, which took place at a Sonic in Keene, Texas, resulted in the tragic death of 32-year-old Matthew Davis.
In October, the unnamed teen was found delinquent of murder – the juvenile court equivalent of guilt – in the shooting that shook the local community. This underscored the gravity of the situation, as the juvenile will ultimately serve time in juvenile detention before being transferred to prison once he comes of age.
However, this chilling event did not happen in isolation, as the teen’s aunt, 18-year-old Ashley Gomez, who also goes by the name Ashley Marmolejo, was taken into custody and faces a charge of manslaughter. Shockingly, court documents revealed that she allegedly provided the weapon to her nephew and directed him to take destructive action just before the victim was shot.
The victim, Matthew Davis, was found with multiple gunshot wounds at the scene and tragically succumbed to his injuries a few hours later at a local hospital. The grim events unfolded as a confrontation escalated in the Sonic parking lot where an altercation between Davis and the teen’s uncle, Angel Gomez Ocana, led to the fatal shooting.
The chilling details of the incident revealed that the young teen took up an AR-style weapon after a heated argument between Davis and Gomez Ocana, who is described as the teen’s uncle. As the situation escalated, the teen fired multiple shots at Davis, and both he and his uncle fled the scene in a red pickup truck.
As the investigation intensified, it was uncovered that Ashley Gomez had exchanged text messages discussing the incident and the subsequent cover-up. The evidence pointed to her involvement in orchestrating the tragic event, revealing the shocking magnitude of her actions.
The statement from Ashley Gomez also alluded to her role in the incident, admitting to providing the weapon with the intention to “scare the guy,” highlighting the deep, chilling truth behind the incident.
This tragic series of events has left the local community reeling and grappling with the devastating consequences of a moment that forever changed lives. The teen’s attorney, Seth Fuller, voiced concern over the teen’s sentence, emphasizing that the teen “was put in an impossible situation” and expressing a belief that he won’t re-offend if given probation, underscoring the complex nature of the case.