Abilene man sentenced to 50 years in prison for 2016 murder

Manuel Guadalupe Garcia (Taylor County Jail)

Convicted killer Manuel Guadalupe Garcia was sentenced to 50 years in prison on Wednesday evening for a 2016 murder.

Earlier in the day, the jury found Garcia guilty of murder in the shooting death of Ryan "Chucky" Roberts.

Garcia shot Roberts "execution style" in April 2016 at a house on Merchant Street.

Another victim, Dewayne Welch, ran into the living room when he heard the gunshots.

Prosecutors say Welch was shot four times: once in the cheek, once in the shoulder and twice in the back. The two bullets are still lodged in his back.

Garcia was arrested months later in Arlington.

During her victim impact statement, Roberts' mother, Debbie Hite, told Garcia -- "I don't know if I'll ever be able to forgive you."

When she was sitting in the detective's office after the murder, the detective asked Hite if she wanted Garcia to face the death penalty. She told the detective no because one mother is already hurting enough.

In October 2016, Garcia pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. He was sentenced to 11 years, 3 months in federal prison.

The 50-year sentence will run consecutive meaning Garcia will serve the entire federal prison sentence first and then begin his 50-year sentence in TDCJ.

He faced up to 99-years in prison on the murder charge.

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