Thursday, May 19, 2011

Gone to pot

Plea deal cut with prosecutors gave the defendant the 25 year deal.

This may have been a case of concern that no one in the jury would really care that another "bad" actor, (afterall he was buying marijuana) was killed in a dispute.

Please note I am NOT casting aspersions on the victim, Issac Vela, Jr.  He did not deserve to be killed.

S.A. man handed 25 years in slaying over marijuana
By Craig Kapitan - Express-News

A San Antonian was sentenced to 25 years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to killing a Sam Houston High School senior three years ago during a drug deal gone bad.

Witnesses told police Isaac Vela Jr., 18, set up a meeting with defendant Bernard Troy Walker, 30, in the parking lot of a Walzem Road strip mall in September 2008 in an attempt to purchase 30 pounds of marijuana for $9,000.

Instead, Walker shot him in the torso and face.