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Marcos Porras


El Paso man wanted in capital murder case already in a Texas prison


An El Paso man sought on a capital murder charge and listed this week among the county's most-wanted fugitives is already in prison.

Marcos Damian Porras, now 26, was one of three men accused in the shooting death of 22-year-old Erik Aragon during a marijuana-deal robbery in a Horizon City parking lot in 2017.

El Paso County court records show Porras was indicted on the capital murder charge last December. It is unclear why the indictment was not handed up until last year.

It turns out that Porras is currently serving a nine-year sentence at a state prison in Fort Stockton, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office said Monday.

His projected release date is in 2028, according to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

In July 2019, Porras was sentenced to nine years in prison after pleading guilty in 120th District Court to a tampering with evidence charge, according to county court records.

He previously served a three-year prison sentence on a robbery case and four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in a gang-related shooting in 2014.

Deadly drug deal
Porras was first arrested on capital murder charge in January 2018 after Aragon was shot and killed during the sale of a "brick" of marijuana on the night of Nov. 4, 2017.

Aragon died at a hospital after he was found with a gunshot wound in a parking lot behind an AT&T store next to a McDonald's restaurant on Horizon Boulevard, law enforcement officials said.

Criminal complaint documents alleged Aragon had gotten into the back seat of a car to make the drug deal.

During the deal, one of the men took out a handgun and demanded Aragon empty his pockets. As Aragon was emptying his pockets, he was shot in the face before he was pulled out of the car, documents stated.

Porras and two other young men were each arrested on a charge of capital murder since a person was killed during the commission of a robbery. Capital murder is punishable by the death penalty or life in prison.

The two other defendants Shawn Ezal Ramirez, now 24, and Miguel Angel Ontiveros, now 25, have since each pleaded guilty to a charge of murder.

Ramirez was sentenced to 39 years in prison last Nov. 3, according to court records.

Ontiveros was sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty in April 2018.

Both remain incarcerated.


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