MIAMI (CBSMiami) – One of the men convicted of taking part in the kidnapping, rape and murder of a teenage girl will continue to serve his life sentence.
On Thursday, a judge denied a new trial for Jesus Roman in the murder of Ana Marie Angel.
In April, 2002, Jesus and the four other men kidnapped Angel, 18, and her boyfriend, Nelson Portobanco, then 17, as they finished a stroll on the South Beach sand.
After robbing them at gunpoint, the men drove north, gang-raping Angel inside a truck. The men slashed Portobanco’s throat, leaving him for dead on the side of Interstate 95 in Broward County. He survived and alerted police.
With a motion of a slash across the throat, Hector Caraballo ordered the death of Angel. On the side of I-95 in Palm Beach County, Joel Lebron marched Angel down an embankment and shot her in the head as she fell to her knees, begging for her life.
Although Caraballo was believed to have participated in the rape, his DNA was not found on Angel’s body. He was sentenced to 50 years in prison.
Also convicted in the Caraballo’s brother, Victor, and Cesar Mena who is also serving a life sentence.