(GoRealNewsNow.com) – Louis Malik Santee, a 25-year-old man from Houston, was sentenced to 60 years in prison after a string of crimes in 2019 that resulted in the murder of five individuals. Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg made the announcement following victim impact statements from the families of the deceased.
“We echo the families’ sentiments that this man has no respect for human life and is a danger to the community,” Ogg remarked. “We sincerely hope that he serves every single day of the 60-year prison sentence.”
Santee, who was on the cusp of facing his capital murder trial, took a plea deal. He pleaded guilty to three counts of murder, which led to him receiving three separate 60-year prison sentences that are set to run concurrently.
The details of his crimes are harrowing:
Firstly, Santee admitted to engaging in organized criminal activity, leading to the death of 19-year-old Ryan McGowan. McGowan was tragically shot while seated in the back of a car on September 6, 2019.
In another incident, Santee initially faced life without parole for a capital murder charge. This was for the killing of Ramiro Reyes, aged 65, and his wife, Rosalva Reyes, 63, on September 25, 2019. The couple, having just left a hospital following the death of Mrs. Reyes’ elderly mother, were shot in front of their northwest Houston home. Santee mistakenly believed their purple Dodge Charger was affiliated with a rival gang.
Additionally, Santee pleaded guilty to his involvement in a fatal drive-by shooting during a music video shoot on December 27, 2019. This incident led to the deaths of videographer Gonzalo Andrew Gonzalez, 22, and Jonathan Jimenez, 20. Seven others were injured in this attack.
Assistant District Attorney Napoleon Stewart, head of the District Attorney’s Organized Crime Division, and ADA Rachel Guffy led the prosecution. “Louis Santee caused terror throughout 2019, so it is good that the victims’ families were able to get justice today,” Stewart acknowledged. He thanked the FBI and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office for their efforts in the case.
Under Texas state law, Santee’s 60-year prison sentence may seem lengthy, but he will be eligible for parole after serving half of that time. Stewart clarified that a sentence of this length essentially has the same legal implications as a life sentence in Texas. Due to Santee’s guilty plea, he is barred from appealing his conviction or sentence.