June 19, 2014

Man sentenced to 30 years in prison for slaying in Azle

Sheriff’s officials have said the shooting occurred after an argument broke out between the two men over a borrowed truck.

A 21-year-old Azle man was sentenced to 30 years in prison this week for a fatal shooting in northwest Tarrant County last August.

Christopher Adam Osborne was also sentenced Monday to five years for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, stemming from injuries to two other people from bullet fragments in the shooting.

The sentences were part of a plea deal reached with prosecutors, court records show.

Osborne and 31-year-old Gabriel Richardson of Azle got into a fight on the night of Aug. 14 while they were visiting a house in the 1300 block of Briar Road. The argument apparently was prompted because Osborne had borrowed Richardson’s truck and didn’t return it in a timely manner, Tarrant County sheriff’s officials have said.

During the argument, investigators say Osborne picked up a rifle and fired at Richardson, hitting him in the chest. A man and woman inside the home were injured by bullet fragments.

Richardson was taken by private vehicle to an Azle hospital where he died. The injured couple were treated at the hospital and released.

Osborne was arrested the next night after officers tracked him to a residence on New Hope Road.

He remained in the Tarrant County Jail on Thursday awaiting transfer to prison.

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