August 12, 2014

Last of three men sentenced in fatal Fort Worth shooting

Michael Anthony Perry, 26, reached an agreement with prosecutors and was sentenced to 15 months in jail in the fatal shooting of Nicholas Crenshaw, 28, on Aug. 15, 2012.

The final defendant accused in a fatal 2012 shooting was sentenced to a 15-month stay in a state jail facility on Monday.

Michael Anthony Perry, a 26-year-old Fort Worth resident, reached an agreement with prosecutors and pleaded guilty on Monday engaging in organized crime. He entered his plea in state District Judge Ruben Gonzalez’s court.

Nicholas Crenshaw, 28, was shot in the abdomen on Aug. 15 nearly two years ago while he was in the parking lot of the Village Creek Apartments in the 5700 block of Park Manor Court. Crenshaw was pronounced dead at John Peter Smith Hospital.

Co-defendant Marquiel Dominque Walker, 23, received a 10-year prison sentence after he pleaded guilty to murder in April, according to court records. A third man implicated in the shooting, Kenneth Antonio Frances, 25, pleaded guilty to engaging in organized crime and received a 12-month prison sentence, court records show.

Walker, whom police identified as the shooter, confronted Crenshaw about some stolen tire rims, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. Perry and Frances said they believed a fight might break out before they were able to retrieve the rims and it did.

Walker punched Crenshaw in the face, and a short time later, Walker pulled a handgun and shot Crenshaw, the affidavit said. The three men then fled.

Perry had multiple prior convictions and was sentenced to one day in jail in connection with a possession of marijuana charge in 2008, court records show. Perry also received 45-day and 180-day sentences on forgery and cocaine possession charges in 2008 and 2010, according to court documents filed with the Tarrant County district clerk’s office.

Lloyd Welchel, Tarrant County assistant district attorney, presented the case, according to court documents.

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