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Animal Control Officer's Killer Sentenced to Life Behind Bars

Animal Control Officer's Killer Sentenced to Life Behind Bars

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Associated Press

April 07, 2010

WACO, Texas — A central Texas jury has sentenced a man to life imprisonment for the 2007 murder of an animal control officer.

A McLennan County jury in Waco deliberated for a half-hour Monday before returning the maximum punishment for 33-year-old Jerry Mack Newland of Elm Mott. The jury had deliberated about two hours earlier in the day before finding Newland guilty in the June 2007 shooting of 47-year-old Bellmead animal control officer Bobby Dean Evans.

A prosecution witness had been jailed with Newland after the shooting. The Waco Tribune-Herald reports he testified that Newland had bragged of shooting Evans multiple times, then rolling him over and shooting him in the chest “just to watch him die.”

According to trial testimony, Newland was a member of the white supremacist prison gang Aryan Brotherhood of Texas.

Newland’s attorney, Walter Reaves, says he’ll appeal the conviction.

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