Fort Worth man guilty in homeless man’s killing

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A Fort Worth man pleaded guilty Monday to murder in connection with the Aug. 25, 2011, slaying of a 52-year-old homeless man.

Five people, including two juveniles, were arrested after being linked to a string of burglaries and assaults that occurred on the same night as the death of Robert Bradley, who was stabbed multiple times at a homeless camp in the 1900 block of South Jennings Avenue.

Jose Plascencia, 23, of Fort Worth, pleaded guilty to the murder and received a 10-year prison sentence. An official with the Tarrant County district attorney’s office said it had sufficient evidence to prosecute Plascencia for Bradley’s murder.

Two other adults pleaded guilty to other crimes related to the crime spree. There was insufficient evidence to prosecute them for the Bradley slaying, a spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office said.

Eduardo Luis Mendez, 24, of Fort Worth pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and received a two-year prison sentence. Roman Vela, 19, of White Settlement pleaded guilty to a burglary of a vehicle charge and received nine months of deferred adjudication probation.

The status of the cases for the two juveniles is unknown. The three pleas were taken in state District Judge Robb Catalano’s court with Robert Huseman prosecuting.

Mitch Mitchell, 817-390-7752 Twitter: @mitchmitchel3

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