Aaron Vasquez, 19, a musician and honor student, was working at the El Toro Loco restaurant at 2809 Kirby when Cordricus Arnold stabbed him to death on March 23, 2013.
Arnold said he stabbed Vasquez behind the restaurant while the victim was emptying trash and then stole his wallet, keys and vehicle. The defendant’s statement was read to the jury.
Jurors convicted Arnold of murder in the perpetration of a felony which carries an automatic sentence of life in prison.
Judge W. Mark Ward presided in the trial.
The case was handled by assistant district attorneys Pam Stark and Reginald Henderson.