Abilene capital murder suspect pleads guilty to lesser charge


ABILENE, texas - A 32-year-old Abilene man scheduled to stand trial Monday for capital murder has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.

Randy Vialpando will now be sentenced after pleading guilty to "committing an act clearly dangerous to human life causing the death of a person." Sentencing is scheduled for August, according to court records.

Vialpando faces a possible sentence of five to 99 years or up to life in prison and a fine up to $10,000.

Vialpando was accused of shooting and killing 40-year-old Stephen Moreno on June 13, 2014 at Moreno's home in the 400 block of Portland Avenue.

During his November trial that ended in a hung jury, Vialpando testified he saw his wife's car parked in Moreno's driveway the evening of the murder. He said he had been told his wife was smoking meth and cheating on him. He said he went to the front door and it was slightly open. He said he tried to push it open and someone pushed back.

Vialpando testified he heard his wife scream and someone say "I've got the gun." He said he feared for his wife's safety and went to his truck and got a gun. He said he went back to the front door, forced it open and was met with a gun pointed at him.

Vialpando said he began backing up and firing. Moreno was pronounced dead at the scene.

Prosecutors said neither Vialpando nor his wife mentioned Moreno had a gun after the incident.

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