• November 22, 2019

Odessa American: Courts

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The following is a list of felony indictments by an Ector County grand jury. The list does not include those who have yet to be arrested.

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Man pleads guilty, sentenced to life in prison in 2018 fatal carjacking

A man pled guilty to fatally shooting a 26-year-old man during a carjacking in 2018, an Ector County District Attorney’s press release detailed.

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Man found guilty, sentenced to four straight life terms in prison

An Ector County Jury found a 30-year-old man guilty of sexually assaulting a teenage girl and sentenced him to four consecutive life terms in prison, an Ector County District Attorney press release detailed.

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Madden jury sets term at 60 years

Jurors deliberated for 3 1/2 hours Friday afternoon until reaching unanimity on a 60-year prison sentence in the murder conviction of 26-year-old Joseph Benjamin “Ben” Madden III.

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Murder defendant describes ‘voices’

A 244th District Court jury deliberated for three hours Thursday afternoon and night before finding 26-year-old Joseph Benjamin “Ben” Madden III guilty of the first degree felony of murder in the February 2017 beating and stabbing death of 68-year-old Pepe’s T-Shirts owne…

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Victim’s carotid artery cut

A Fort Worth pathologist testified Wednesday that murder victim Joseph Valenzuela had been severely beaten to his face, skull and brain, but he died from 11 stab wounds to his back and neck, one of which pierced his right carotid artery.

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Victim viciously beaten, stabbed

Pepe’s T-Shirts owner Joseph Valenzuela fought hard for his life as he was being beaten and stabbed to death on Feb. 27, 2017, in his apartment behind the 1214 W. 10th St. shop that many Odessans had come to identify him with, the lead detective in the case testified Tuesday.

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Trial opens in slaying of Pepe’s owner

Indicating he may try to prove his client was legally insane when 68-year-old Pepe’s T-Shirts owner Joseph Valenzuela was robbed, beaten and stabbed to death, defense attorney Michael McLeaish elicited promises from most 244th District Court prospective jurors Monday that…

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The following is a list of felony indictments by an Ector County grand jury. The list does not include those who have yet to be arrested.

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Midland man sentenced to 25 years

A 31-year-old Midland man, Alfred Lee Rice Jr., was sentenced to 25 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for two counts of sexual assault of a child. 

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