A 16-year-old, who fatally shot well-known local boxing coach Joe Guzman earlier this year, was sentenced to 25 years behind bars for murder on Wednesday. The incident occurred on January 16, 2023, at Guzman's residence in north Fort Worth, where an argument between the teenager and his 60-year-old relative escalated into a physical confrontation. The teenager admitted to being the shooter and left Guzman with multiple gunshot wounds.
The sentencing decision was made in Tarrant County court after the teenager asked the judge to determine his sentence. Tarrant County Assistant District Attorneys Lee Sorrells and Olivia Stoner prosecuted the case. The teen will now be sent to the Texas Juvenile Justice Department. A future decision, to be made before his 19th birthday, will determine whether he will serve the remainder of his sentence in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
The case was investigated by DA Investigators Jose Fonseca and Esther Goodwin. Phil Sorrels, Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney, acknowledged and thanked the Fort Worth Police Department for their dedication to resolving the case and ensuring the safety of the community.