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Jury sentences 'Hell's Gate' killer to 99 years in prison

Robert Martinez shot and killed 19-year-old Steven Cerna back in 2015. Cerna had been shot several times in the head, and his body was dumped in a drainage ditch in an area known as "Hell's Gate" on the West Side. (Photo: SBG San Antonio)

SAN ANTONIO -- A jury has sentenced a 22-year-old man to 99 years in prison for killing another man.

Robert Martinez shot and killed 19-year-old Steven Cerna back in 2015. Cerna had been shot several times in the head, and his body was dumped in a drainage ditch in an area known as "Hell's Gate" on the West Side.

The jury deliberated for about an hour before handing down the punishment. Testimony from Martinez's uncle helped put him away.

We're told Martinez's family was upset with the sentence.

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