Texas Man Sentenced To Die For Murder Of Store Clerk

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John Henry Ramirez, who was convicted of capital murder in the death of a Corpus Christi convenience store clerk stabbed 29 times in a robbery that netted $1.25, has been sentenced to die.

Pablo Castro, 45, was stabbed to death in 2004.

Jurors in Corpus Christi found Ramirez guilty on Friday and sentenced him to death on Monday after deliberating for three-and-a-half hours.

The 24-year-old defendant told his attorneys to stop presenting witnesses during Monday's penalty phase and asked them, instead, to read a Psalm 51:3 to the jury: "For I acknowledge my transgressions and my sin is ever before me."

Ramirez' family sobbed in the courtroom when the sentence was returned, but a son of the victim, Aaron Castro, said Ramirez is "getting what he deserves."

Ramirez was on the run until his capture in Brownsville in February.

Two women who accompanied him on two other robberies on the same night are already serving prison sentences.