Death Row Information
|Date of Birth||5/6/1970|
|Age (when Received)||31|
|Education Level (Highest Grade Completed)||12|
|Date of Offense||12/24/2000|
|Age (at the time of Offense)||30|
|Height (in Feet and Inches)||5′ 10″|
|Weight (in Pounds)||214|
|Native County||El Paso|
clerk, cook, laborer
Prior Prison Record
#702267 on a life sentence from El Paso County for 13 counts of aggravated kidnapping with a deadly weapon, 4 counts of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon, and one count of burglary of a habitation. Was serving the life sentence and had escaped from TDCJ when committing the present offense.
Summary of Incident
While on escape from TDCJ, Rivas and 6 co-defendants robbed a sporting goods store at gunpoint. An Irving police officer was murdered outside the store as Rivas and co-defendants left the scene.
Michael Rodriguez (sentenced to death)
Donald Newberry (sentenced to death)
Patrick Murphy, Jr.
Race and Gender of Victim