A man convicted of murdering his wife last year has been sentenced to life in prison, the Collin County district attorney’s office announced Wednesday.
Court records show that it took a jury less than an hour to find Joseph Daniel Enriquez, 55, guilty on Aug. 3.
On March 12, 2021, Enriquez called 911 to report he had shot his wife, authorities said. Police found Kimberly Enriquez’s body in the bathroom of the couple’s home in Anna, about 10 miles north of McKinney, according to the DA’s office.
Joseph Enriquez initially told officers he accidentally shot his wife with a shotgun while he was putting the weapon away. Officers found a live round in the shotgun despite Enriquez telling them it was not loaded, authorities said.
Several months later, during a phone call from jail, Enriquez told a relative that his wife found out he had had an affair and loaded his shotgun, and he said he accidentally shot her while grabbing the weapon from her, authorities said.
During the trial, firearms experts gave testimony that refuted Enriquez’s claims that the gun was fired accidentally during a struggle, and pointed to the amount of pressure it would take to fire the shotgun and the distance at which Kimberly Enriquez, 43, was fatally shot.
“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,” District Attorney Greg Willis said in a written statement.
Enriquez’s lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Court records indicate Enriquez is appealing the conviction.