Ex-Houston parks worker gets life over 2006 death

Jaime Arturo Zamora, 40, was convicted of capital murder and receives an automatic life prison term.

March 16, 2011 9:18:47 AM PDT
A former Houston city parks worker already sentenced to 27 years in prison in a drug case has been convicted of a 2006 slaying. Prosecutors did not seek the death penalty against 40-year-old Jaime Arturo Zamora. He was convicted late Tuesday of capital murder and receives an automatic life prison term.

The victim was Jose Perez of Pasadena. The Houston Chronicle reports Perez was not the intended target, but looked like a man Zamora allegedly wanted killed to avenge the death of a relative.

A judge in September sentenced Zamora in a cocaine and drug money investigation. Zamora had pleaded guilty to conspiracy and attempting to possess with intent to distribute cocaine. Prosecutors say Zamora also transferred and transported more than $3 million from the Houston area to Mexico.