Mug shots 2019

Martin Barreras was sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole on September 30 for his role in the starving death of his 3-year-old son. Read more here

A Tucson man has been found guilty for his role in the starving death of his 3-year-old son. 

A Pima County jury on Wednesday found Martin Barreras guilty of first-degree felony murder and intentional or knowing child abuse, according to Krisanne LoGalbo, a Pima County Superior Court spokeswoman.

His wife, Raquel Barreras, was also found guilty of first-degree felony murder and child abuse in the same case in May. She was sentenced to life in prison. 

Their child, Roman Barreras, 3, is believed to have died sometime between the spring of 2013 and January 2014. His remains were found in an abandoned toy chest after his family was evicted from a rental unit in the 700 block of West Idaho Street.

Sign up for our Crime & Courts newsletter

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.

The department took Roman and three of his older siblings from his parents after he was born in July 2010 due to drug exposure, but returned Roman to his father about a year later. 

Raquel Barreras was not supposed to be around her children because she had not complied with the DCS case plan. Martin Barreras, who complied with the plan, allowed her to return to the home. 

Contact reporter Stephanie Casanova at On Twitter: @CasanovaReports

Digital Engagement Editor

Mollie Muchna is the Star’s Digital Engagement Editor, leading the newsroom’s online and breaking news teams. She graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in journalism, and since then, has won multiple awards for digital storytelling.