Second man takes plea deal in 2019 San Angelo Red Roof Inn murder
SAN ANGELO — A second man pleaded guilty Tuesday for his role in a 2019 murder at San Angelo's Red Roof Inn.
At 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021, Daniel Nakeia Diaz, 26, from Ballinger, attended a plea hearing with the 391st District Court over Zoom. Diaz was one of three people, two of whom were from Abilene, indicted in connection to the July 2019 murder of Gilbert Mascorro, 32. He also had a motion to revoke on a 2018 crash that killed a man and injured three people in downtown San Angelo.
Diaz pleaded true to the motion to revoke and guilty to the murder charge. In exchange for his plea, the state attorney recommended 20 years in jail on the murder charge with a $10,100 restitution and 10 years on the evasion charge from 2018, which would be served concurrently.
Diaz will still have to pay $69,673.31 in restitution from the 2018 case, as no payments had been made at the time of the Tuesday hearing.
Judge Brad Goodwin followed the state's recommendation, including the restitution and sentences in the two cases.
Three arrested in Red Roof Inn murder
On July 7, 2019, police responded to a shooting at the Red Roof Inn on South Bryant Boulevard and discovered Mascorro fatally shot. Police arrested an Abilene man and woman two days later after a traffic stop in Abilene.
Around 4:45 a.m. July 9, police conducted a traffic stop at North Sixth and Fannin streets in Abilene. Police approached Jessie Wayne Robinson Jr., the passenger, who was known to have an outstanding parole violation warrant.
Robinson left the vehicle, attempted to run away and threw a bag of 4.26 grams of methamphetamine, records state. Jennifer Badillo was arrested on unrelated charges in the traffic stop, and later charged with murder.
Diaz returned to Tom Green County Detention Center months into his deferred adjudication sentence under a motion to revoke. Investigators said he violated his probation by being with Robinson on July 7, the day Mascorro was killed. The motion also stated he had methamphetamine with intent to distribute and failed to "make a diligent effort" to get employment.
Robinson Jr. pleaded guilty to his role in the shooting on March 3, 2020 and was sentenced to 40 years in jail.
A court date has not been scheduled for Badillo as of 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, according to online jail records.
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Alana Edgin is a journalist covering Crime and Courts in West Texas. Send her a news tip at firstname.lastname@example.org.