Anna man who murdered wife gets life in prison

On Wednesday, the Collin County Criminal District Attorney’s Office announced an Anna man was...
On Wednesday, the Collin County Criminal District Attorney’s Office announced an Anna man was sentenced to life in prison for murdering his wife.(Collin County Criminal District Attorney's Office)
Published: Aug. 10, 2022 at 3:36 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 10, 2022 at 4:47 PM CDT
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COLLIN COUNTY, Texas (KXII) - On Wednesday, the Collin County Criminal District Attorney’s Office announced an Anna man was sentenced to life in prison for murdering his wife.

Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis said Joseph Daniel Enriquez, 55, of Anna, Texas was sentenced to life in prison for Murder.

“While the criminal justice system can never make a loved one’s family feel whole again, we hope that the jury’s maximum sentence brings at least some peace and solace to the victim’s family,” Willis stated after sentencing.

On March 12, 2021, Enriquez called 911 and said he shot his wife. Anna Police Department responded to the home and said they found the victim lying dead in the bathroom, with a shotgun wound to her chest.

When interviewed by police, Enriquez said he accidentally pulled the trigger while he was putting his gun away. Officers said he repeatedly said the shotgun was not loaded. However, Anna PD officers revealed they found a live round in the chamber when they checked the gun.

Months later, while awaiting trial in the Collin County Jail, Enriquez reportedly called a family member with a second story. This time, he reportedly stated that the victim found out he had an affair eight years prior, and loaded the shotgun herself. Enriquez said he grabbed the gun from her and it accidentally went off.

At trial, firearms experts refuted Enriquez’s story that the shotgun just “went off” and explained that this shotgun would require a person to apply pounds of pressure in order to pull the trigger. Firearm experts were also said to have testified that the gunshot came from approximately 9-12 feet away from the victim, and was not a close contact wound that might have occurred during a struggle over the gun.

Anna PD Detective Rush Smith investigated the case, and Anna PD Officer Shane Long testified to finding the extra round in the chamber.

A jury found Enriquez guilty of murder and assessed punishment at life in prison. Judge Angela Tucker presided over the case.

Assistant Criminal District Attorneys Kailey Gillman and Cresta Garland prosecuted the case, aided by District Attorney Investigators Laurie Gibbs and Sam Selman, and Victim Assistance Coordinator Rebecca Royer.

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