May 8, 2014

64-year-old man sentenced to 50 years for Fort Worth slaying

Alcides Larringa had prior convictions for violent offenses before he shot an acquaintance during a Memorial Day party last year.

A man who fatally shot an acquaintance during a Memorial Day celebration last year was sentenced to 50 years in prison on Thursday.

Alcides Larringa, 64, elected to have state District Judge George Gallagher assess his sentence after a Tarrant County jury convicted him of murder on Thursday in the fatal shooting of Joe Gil, a news release from the Tarrant County district attorney’s office said.

Larringa must serve half his sentence before he becomes eligible for parole, the release said.

Prosecutors Bill Vassar and Jacob Mitchell presented evidence that Larringa and Gil got into a heated argument at a party in the 3800 block of Radford Road on May 26, 2013, the release said.

Gil tried to walk away, but Larringa started shooting and Gil fell to the ground, the release said. Larringa shot Gil several more times as he stood over him, hitting him in the back, chest and head.

Larringa testified this week that he shot Gil in self-defense.

Larringa, a Cuban national, has prior convictions for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was on parole for driving while intoxicated at the time of the murder.

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