WACO, Texas (KWTX) A man and a woman who were originally charged with capital murder in a deadly home invasion shooting in 2015 near the Baylor campus are headed to prison after pleading guilty to lesser offenses Tuesday.
Garrett Gage, 19, and Cierra McKenzie Barber, 22, were charged in connection with the February 2015 incident that left Braeden Freeman, 20, of Waco, and Keith William McClure, 19, of Temple, dead.
Gage was injured by gunfire during the robbery.
They both pleaded guilty Tuesday to the lesser offense of aggravated robbery.
Barber was sentenced to 30 years in prison and Gage received a 40-year sentence.
In December, Gage refused a plea deal in the case.
Police say Barber drove Gage and McClure to the target apartment in the 1900 block of South 16th Street on the night of the crime.
Gage was arrested several blocks away from the apartment at 1900 South 16th Street after gunfire erupted
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) The defense will get a chance to make its case for leniency Thursday when a sentencing hearing resumes in the shooting death of former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith.
Smith’s widow, Racquel, and other loved ones took the stand Wednesday and tearfully aimed bitter remarks at her husband’s killer, Cardell Hayes.
Hayes, 29, could be sentenced to 60 years for fatally shooting Smith and wounding Racquel Smith in a confrontation after a traffic crash last year.
Hayes, who was convicted of manslaughter and attempted manslaughter, insisted at trial that he shot in self-defense.
His family and friends were in the courtroom as well Wednesday and some may be called to the stand Thursday to show support.
Judge Camille Buras denied a new trial for Hayes on Wednesday and is expected to impose a sentence no later than Friday.
Buras rejected numerous defense arguments for
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