An Atlanta woman was sentenced to 50 years in prison for the murder of a South Carolina couple in January 2009.
Yesenia Cortez-Ramirez, 40, is one of eight people charged in connection to the murders of Teresa De Jesus Avilla-Martinez, 21, and Hugo Del Carmen Lugo-Hernandez, 24. The couple was found tortured and shot mutiple times inside their home in Spartanburg County. Authorities found the bodies after they received a call for help from a concerned family member.
7th Circuit Solicitor Barry Barnette said the violence erupted after a business deal between Juan Carlos Estrada Vazquez, 35, and Lugo-Hernandez went awry. Vazquez contacted Coretz-Ramirez and accomplice Edgar Pineda for assitance, who then transported three other men to Spantanburg County to carry out the murders.
Cortez-Ramirez will serve the majority of her sentence, carrying out 80 percent of her sentence before being eligible for release. Accomplices Rudis Ventura, 29, Miguel Lopez, 37, Jose Reyes Arevalos, 29, as well as Vazquez and Pineda, have all pleaded guilty and are awaiting further sentence.
Sheriff’s Deputies are still in pursuit of Louis Perez, 37, and Jose de Angel “Oscar” Gomez, both wanted in Georgia for murder charges. Anyone with information regarding the two men should contact Crimestoppers at (864) 582-7463 or (888)-CRIMESC.
South Carolina Radio Network’s Thomas Kenney contributed to this report