San Antonio man to serve three life sentences for decade old murders

Jose Baldomero Flores III was sentenced on cold case murders on Tuesday.

Jose Baldomero Flores III was sentenced on cold case murders on Tuesday.

Steve Bennett / San Antonio Express-News

The sentencing of Jose Baldomero Flores III, 41, brings the murder cases of two San Antonio women to a close on Tuesday, July 26, after he pled guilty to the deaths. Here’s what you need to know.

Flores received three life terms in prison after he pled guilty in district court to the rape and murders of Heather Ann Willms on February 21, 2005, and Esmeralda Herrera on March 2, 2011, the Express-News reported. Flores could have faced the death penalty if he went to trial and was convicted. 

Willms was found dead with her hands severed in her Leon Valley apartment and Herrera was found beaten and strangled in her Southwest Side apartment. Baldomero was arrested in November 2016. Re-testing DNA evidence led to Flores being charged in Willms’ murder.

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