Pair sentenced for killing 2 in East Texas
HENDERSON, Texas —
(AP) - Authorities say two men have pleaded guilty to a double slaying in which the victims were shot and
dumped along a road in East Texas last year.
The Rusk County Sheriff's Office on Friday said that 24-year-old Drake Dario Blanton, of Cushing, was sentenced to life in prison for each victim.
Twenty-five-year-old Jason Terell Hunt, of Jacksonville, received 35 years in prison for his role in the January 2010 murders.
The victims, 29-year-old Rigoberto Tovar Pina and 27-year-old Steve Abran Parra, both of Center, died from gunshot wounds.
Blanton and Hunt were arrested five days after the shooting in a vehicle that belonged to Pina.
Sgt. Viki Penny says Blanton's thumbprint on a spent shell case helped state and local authorities quickly solve the case.