But she said she was sad Paz will have a chance for parole.
“She still has her life, but my son is never coming home,” Sanchez Gonzalez said. Never.” Timeline Mid-1990s: Brandan Dante Perry and Veronica Paz meet while both are attending Portola Middle School.
“We knew that she at least wanted Diego to be beaten,” Gorr said.
“But we had no corroboration that she wanted him killed, other than from Brandan.” He added: “It was frustrating.
I’m very sorry for Diego’s family that we couldn’t reach that level.” Juror Rich Adler, 59, of Orange, agreed.
Perry, a former star football player at Santiago High School, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in 2005 for his role in the murder and is serving a 25-year-to-life sentence.
He escaped a potential life-without-parole sentence by pleading guilty and agreeing to testify against Paz that they both plotted to kill Gonzalez.
March 28, 2006: Perry pleads guilty to first-degree murder in exchange for a promise of a life with parole eligibility if he testifies truthfully against Paz.
July 31, 2006: Jury selection begins in Paz’s murder trial.