|Eddie Herrera and Jacqueline Gomez|
(Scroll down for video) A young man cried in court as he was sentenced to prison for the death of his teenage girlfriend.
Prosecutors were seeking life in prison, but he was sentenced to 25 years in prison in connection with the death of his prom date.
20-year-old Eddie Herrera of Houston, Texas, who attended the MacArthur High School, was convicted of assault for choking 17-year-old Jacqueline Gomez.
Prosecutors said that the couple went to a hotel room after prom, and they had rough sex. She was found dead the next morning in the hotel bed.
Herrera, who was 18 years old at the time of the incident, told police that he and his mother worked together to rent the hotel room.
They got two bottles of whiskey and at least 20 pills of hydrocodone, which is a prescription painkiller.
He said that they both drank the alcohol and took the pills before having consensual sex.
Prosecutors said it was likely that Herrera choked Gomez until she was unconscious during rough sex. He then passed out next to her before waking up to find her dead.
Herrera's defense attorney argued that she died of an overdose.
The medical examiner's office ruled the cause of death “undetermined.”
Herrera's mother was also arrested. She is awaiting trial for providing the drugs and alcohol to the underage couple.