FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - A murder trial in a 31-year-old Fort Worth slaying case has ended with a plea deal. Attorneys say they've reached an agreement in which Benjamin Bewley pleaded guilty to the 1983 slaying of pawnshop owner Melvin Lavine during a robbery at his home. State District Judge Louis Sturns then sentenced Bewley to 15 years in prison.
SAN MARCOS, Texas (AP) - A man in Central Texas has been sentenced to life in prison for beating his girlfriend with a belt and rocks and using a box cutter to carve into her face and slit her throat. A Hays County jury deliberated 20 minutes before convicting Zane Lynn Barton of aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury with a deadly weapon. A physician testified the woman's wounds missed being fatal by just a millimeter or two.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A man has been given concurrent 30- and 60-year sentences after pleading guilty in a San Antonio court to first-degree felony charges of child sex abuse. The victims in the case told authorities that Guillermo Lugo offered them money to accompany him to motels to perform sex acts on him that he recorded. Some of his videos were on a thumb drive he left in a computer lab at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
HOUSTON (AP) - Texas authorities have jailed a Houston Police Department officer they say transported a kilogram of cocaine. Jasmine Bonner is charged with manufacturing or delivering a controlled substance. Bonner has worked for the department's juvenile division since 2011.
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