Fort Worth man gets 30 years for role in death of Southwest High student

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FORT WORTH -- A 19-year-old man was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Monday for his role in the robbery and fatal shooting of a Southwest High School honor student.

Clifton DeQuan Elliott, of Fort Worth, reached a plea bargain agreement in connection with the fatal shooting of Eric Forrester, 17, who was gunned down in his Fort Worth home just weeks before his high school graduation.

Elliott must serve half his sentence before he is eligible for parole, according to a news release from the Tarrant County district attorney's office.

Forrester and his older sister came home for lunch on April 12, 2010 and heard a loud noise upstairs, according to Robert Huseman, Christy Jack and Joshua Ross, prosecutors. The siblings went to investigate and discovered Elliott and his accomplice, Broderick Patterson, robbing the home.

As his sister ran out of the house to call 911, Forrester was shot in the back of the head. Both defendants accused the other of holding the gun when it discharged. Dispatchers heard the killing take place on the 911 call. Forrester had his phone in his pocket when he and his sister went to investigate the noise.

Elliott and Patterson were both 16 at the time of the slaying but both were certified to stand trial as adults. Patterson went to trial last year and was sentenced to life in prison for the murder. After the jury's verdict, Patterson erupted in anger, cursing prosecutors, the jury and the news media.

Prosecutors got a voice expert to compare Patterson's outburst with the voices on the 911 tape and identified Patterson as the shooter.

Patterson said Elliott struck Forrester in the back of the head and caused the gun to go off. Elliott said Patterson was holding the gun and struck Forrester, causing it to discharge.

Two laptop computers missing from the home were found at Patterson's residence, along with clothing that matched the description of what one assailant was seen wearing as he ran from the home.

When the shooting occurred, Elliott and Patterson were on probation for a home burglary in which handguns were stolen. They had failed to comply with terms set by the juvenile court, investigators said.

Mitch Mitchell, 817-390-7752

Twitter: @mitchmitchel3