April 17, 2014

Last two defendants take plea deals in fatal 2012 robbery

Two men charged with capital murder have pleaded guilty to lesser charges and been sentenced to five and 10 years in prison.

The final two of five defendants in a robbery scheme that left a man dead on a sidewalk at an east Fort Worth apartment complex have been sentenced to prison.

Jason Jacob Villarreal, 28, and Javier Cordova, 21, were indicted on capital murder charges in the ambush slaying of Johnny Williams, 25, on Dec. 28, 2012.

They pleaded guilty to aggravated-robbery charges, said Joshua Ross, a Tarrant County assistant district attorney. Villarreal was sentenced April 10 to 10 years in prison. Cordova was sentenced Thursday to five years.

Villarreal and Cordova, both of Fort Worth, and two co-defendants accompanied Jamelle “L.A.” Rasberry, 22, to the complex in the 8500 block of Ederville Road, where the mother of Rasberry’s child lived, according to previous reports. Williams was dating the woman. The men believed that Williams was a prosperous drug dealer and intended to rob him.

Rasberry waited outside the apartment for Williams while the other men waited nearby to rob him, a prosecutor said. When Williams arrived several hours later, Rasberry shot him in the chest with a shotgun. The men fled without taking any money.

All five were indicted on capital murder charges. In March, Rasberry was convicted and sentenced to life in prison without parole.

This month, co-defendants Corwon Martin, 26, and Jonathan Martin, 21, received 10- and 20-year prison sentences, respectively, after pleading guilty to aggravated-robbery charges.

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