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Jury decides sentence for murder of Victor Cuevas, a man who fled West Houston with a tiger in 2021

HOUSTON – Victor Cuevas, the man whose name made national headlines after fleeing with a tiger from a west Houston neighborhood in 2021, has learned his fate for the murder of a man in the county of Fort Bend almost five years ago.

A jury sentenced him Tuesday to 18 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Cuevas, 27, was convicted of murder last week in the death of Oseikhuemen Omobhude, 20, who prosecutors say was shot multiple times on July 14, 2017, in the parking lot of a restaurant near of Richmond. Omobhude was able to walk to another nearby restaurant, where help was called.

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Omobhude died after being taken to Memorial Hermann-Katy Hospital.

According to Fort Bend County detectives, Cuevas was arrested on July 28, 2017.

While Cuevas was on bail, an incident involving a tiger named India thrust him into the limelight. Investigators said on May 9, 2021, India escaped and was seen wandering around a residential area. As police arrived on the scene, Cuevas fled with the tiger but was later apprehended and charged with evading arrest.

The arrest prompted prosecutors to seek the revocation of that murder bond. Two days later, Cuevas posted bond in connection with the escape charge and was released from a Fort Bend County jail.

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According to the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office, Cuevas had been jailed at the Fort Bend County Jail on five other occasions for breaching his bail following the 2017 murder charge.

However, after a lengthy court appearance on May 14, 2021, a judge revoked bail on the murder charge and ordered Cuevas back to jail, where he remained until his sentencing.

The punishment phase in the murder case began Wednesday with the hearing by jurors of three witnesses presented by prosecutors — a bond watch officer, an investigator from the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office and a police officer. the prison detention division.

According to the assistant district attorney, the jury found that a sudden passion existed during sentencing deliberations, which reduces the sentencing range by one degree (to a 2nd degree felony, with two to 20 years in prison ).


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