Brother of Arlington girl slain in ’94 sentenced for drug trafficking

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The brother of a 16-year-old Arlington girl who was abducted, raped and buried alive in 1994 over his alleged drug debt must serve nearly 13 years in prison for trafficking.

Neil Nick Rene of Duncanville pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and conspiracy to launder money, according to federal prosecutors. Investigators say marijuana was mailed from Texas to the U.S. Virgin Islands. The plea was announced Thursday.

On Sept. 24, 1994, his sister Lisa Rene was dragged from her sister’s apartment in northwest Arlington as she made a harrowing 911 call for help.

A Lamar High School honor student, Lisa Rene was raped repeatedly and held captive for nearly two days before being beaten with a shovel, doused with gasoline and buried alive in a shallow grave near Pine Bluff, Ark.

Prosecutors said the attack was carried out to take revenge on Lisa Rene’s brothers, who cheated Arkansas drug dealer Orlando Hall out of $5,000 in a marijuana deal.

Authorities pleaded with the brothers to reveal all they knew about their sister’s abduction. But Neil Rene and Stanfield Vitalis kept quiet until three days after her disappearance — and one day after her slaying Sept. 26.

Hall and Bruce Webster were convicted in federal court in Fort Worth and await execution for the slaying. Three people pleaded guilty to kidnapping and testified for the prosecution.

This report includes material from The Associated Press and the Star-Telegram archives.

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