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Cuero man sentenced to 20 years in prison for February 2010 shooting death

By ADVOCATE STAFF REPORT
April 8, 2011 at 4:08 a.m.


A Cuero man was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the February 2010 shooting death of Isaac Gamez.

Javance Thomas, who was 20 at the time of the shooting, received the maximum sentence available, said DeWitt County District Attorney Michael Sheppard in an emailed statement.

Thomas received 20 years for the murder, 10 years for tampering with evidence, two years state jail for possession of a controlled substance and another 10 year sentence for tampering with evidence, Sheppard wrote.

"The family and the state felt that 20 years was the appropriate sentence in this case and we are happy that the judge agreed," Sheppard said. "I very much appreciate the excellent work done by the Cuero Police Department in solving this case."

The 20-year sentence for murder was the maximum sentence under circumstances, Sheppard said.

The incident started with a fight at a Cuero convenience store. The shooting occurred 30 minutes later in the yard of Thomas' father's house, according to Advocate file reports.

Because Gamez, 26, was on Thomas' property, the state agreed that Thomas acted under the influence of sudden passion, Sheppard said.

Under sudden passion, the maximum sentence is 20 years in prison, he added.

"The judge gave the stiffest sentence that he could give under the parameters of the plea agreement that the state had with the defendant," he said.

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