A 51-year-old man described by family members as an alcoholic who abused his wife was sentenced Friday to seven years in prison for killing her last year.
Ricky Lynn Brown pled guilty in June to a manslaughter charge in death of his wife, Susan, 59, at an Arlington motel room in September. He said the shooting was accidental, according to a news release from the Tarrant County district attorney’s office.
Brown elected to have state District Judge George Gallagher assess his punishment. After reading a pre-sentencing report and hearing witnesses on Friday, Gallagher sentenced Brown, who had no prior criminal history.
Brown faced up to 20 years in prison. He must serve half his sentence before he is eligible for parole.
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Prosecution witnesses “portrayed Ricky Brown as a loud-talking, aggressive alcoholic who had an affinity for guns,” the news release said.
When he was drunk, he verbally and physically abused his wife, witnesses said.
The couple had been together for more than two decades but their relationship had deteriorated, mostly because of his drinking, and Susan Brown had moved in with her sister, witnesses said.
On Sept. 20, she went to the Studio 6 Hotel, 1980 Pleasant Road, to talk to him. Officers dispatched to a shooting call found Brown “distraught” and saying he accidentally shot his wife. Susan Brown was pronounced dead at the scene. She was shot once in the head. A .45-caliber handgun was on the nightstand, police said.