NRH man sentenced to 20 years in prison for shooting ex-wife in gunbattle

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A North Richland Hills man who broke into his ex-wife’s home and then got into a gun battle with her in 2011 has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for shooting her in the leg.

The ex-wife was not charged in the case.

Ruben Russell Teames, 49, who was critically wounded in the gun battle, was sentenced on Oct. 15 after he plead guilty to burglary of a habitation with intent to commit aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to Tarrant County criminal court records.

Teames must serve half of his sentence before he’s eligible for parole, a prosecutor said Monday.

“Given all the circumstances surrounding this case, we felt this was an appropriate resolution,” said prosecutor Rhett Parham.

Charles Roach of Fort Worth, Teames’ attorney, did not return telephone calls.

The gunbattle occurred on Feb. 25, 2011 in the 4000 block of Diamond Loch Drive in North Richland Hills.

North Richland Hills patrol officers responded to a call of a person with a gun in a home, and police heard gunshots coming from the home when they arrived, authorities said.

Patrol officers made their into the home and found Teames shot in the chest and his ex-wife, Laura Teames, with a gunshot wound to her leg.

Investigators believe Teames who had been staying in Grapevine arrived at his ex-wife’s North Richland Hills, entered and threatened her with a handgun. The two got into a struggle and at some point, Laura Teames got her own handgun and the two exchanged gunfire.

No charges were filed against Teames’ ex-wife, said North Richland Hills investiatgor Keith Bauman on Monday.

“The reports show that she was named a victim,” Bauman said.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763 Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

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