Yosvanis Valle , a Cuban native and alleged gang member ,was condemned for the fatal shooting 10 years ago of a drug dealer in Pasadena, just outside Houston. Prosecutors described Valle as a member of La Raza Unida — A Race United — a prison gang, and contended he assassinated other gang members to move up in the ranks. Records indicate at the time of the Junco slaying Valle had been released on mandatory supervision after receiving an eight-year sentence for possession a sawed-off shotgun.
Known as "El Cubano," he also was linked by authorities to a slaying at a convenience store and to the killing of two other gang members.
In his appeals, attorneys argued he had been abused while growing up in Cuba and that his poverty led to his aggressive behavior later in life. Court documents did not address how he arrived in the United States
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Cuban man executed Tuesday for Houston slaying By MICHAEL GRACZYK
Associated Press Writer
HUNTSVILLE, Texas — A Cuban-born man identified as a leader in a Hispanic prison gang was executed Tuesday evening for the robbery-slaying of a Houston drug dealer more than 10 years ago.
Yosvanis "El Cubano" Valle, 34, had denied fatally shooting 28-year-old Jose Martin Junco at a Houston home in June 1999 but said there was little he could do to avoid lethal injection once he lost appeals in the courts.
"I'm not going to blame nobody; I'm going to blame myself," Valle said from the death chamber gurney, speaking alternately in English and Spanish. "I'm sorry from all my heart.
"That's the reality of life. I am sorry. I got to pay for it."
He addressed the parents of a man whose death he was blamed for but for whose killing he was not convicted.
"I was forced to do it," he said. "I was a gang member."
He apologized for his broken English, thanked the warden and chaplain and expressed loved to everyone.
"I feel good. I love my family. I love you Jesus," he said.
He became the 21st prisoner executed in Texas this year when he was pronounced dead at 6:21 p.m. CST, nine minutes after the lethal drugs began flowing into his arms.
Valle's appeals were exhausted after the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this year refused to review his case. The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles last week rejected a request from his lawyers that his death sentence be commuted to life in prison.
Junco, known as "Yogi," was confronted at his Houston home by several men connected to a prison gang who had targeted him for robbery. Court documents showed the June 1999 holdup was a test devised by Valle to see if one of the gang members, Kenneth Isaac Estrada, had the courage to shoot Junco.
After the shooting, Valle, identified as leader of the group, bragged about how he emptied the 10 shots from his 9 mm pistol into Junco. Evidence showed Estrada shot the victim once.
"My people turned on me," he told The Associated Press recently from a small visiting cage outside death row. "I know one thing: I know the person I am. I'm not this monster that the state of Texas is trying to make me look like."
Estrada was arrested after Junco's girlfriend identified him as one of the gunmen. She was in the house at the time of the shooting.
Valle was arrested when his fingerprint was found in a car tied to another slaying, one of several authorities tied to him.
Estrada, tried separately, got life in prison.
The witnesses Valle spoke to in the death chamber were relatives of Gregory Garcia, 20, killed two months after Junco with a shotgun belonging to Valle, according to evidence.
Valle wasn't charged with his slaying, but prosecutors told Harris County jurors about it to show his propensity for violence, something jurors had to consider in punishment.
Valle said from death row that witnesses who testified against him "changed their story."
"People were lying," he said. "It's frustrating to talk about this, changing back and forth, making deals in a way that looks good to them."
One of Valle's trial lawyers, Robert Morrow, said the state's case was "based on a lot of snitch testimony." He also said Valle's punishment defense was hampered by witnesses unable to leave Cuba because of U.S. government restrictions on travel between the two countries.
"I felt we were hamstrung," he said.
Valle grew up in Cuba and came to the U.S. at age 14 to join his father. That was nearly a decade after his father had been expelled from Cuba and came to the U.S. as part of the Marielitos immigration wave in 1980.
At his trial and in appeals, attorneys argued Valle had been abused as a child living in poverty in Cuba, leading to his aggressive behavior, and then had difficulties fitting in when he came to America.
As a juvenile, he was convicted of aggravated assault and was sent to the Texas Youth Commission, then went to state prison with an eight-year sentence for a weapons possession conviction. In prison, he joined the gang La Raza Unida, or A Race United.
Prosecutors said Junco's robbery and slaying, about two years after Valle was released from prison, was intended to raise money for gang members and their relatives.
Valle, described as a sergeant in the gang, had been out of prison about two years when Junco was shot and robbed of a cookie tin containing money, a small amount of drugs, pornographic photos and two rifles.
Three more Texas prisoners are set to die next week.
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