A 49-year-old Fort Worth man scheduled to go on trial later this month for capital murder was instead sentenced to 15 years in prison this week after entering a plea deal with prosecutors.
Jessie Anderson Petite pleaded guilty Tuesday to murder in connection with the death of 52-year-old Jeffrey Charles White, court records show.
White's sister discovered her brother's body on Sept. 29, 2015, inside his Pennsylvania Place apartment. He'd been dead for days — his throat cut — and a flat screen television was missing from the apartment.
By tracing White's cellphone records, investigators learned that four days before White's body was found, Petite had met with a drug dealer at the Pennsylvania Place apartments and traded a flat-screen television for $50 worth of crack cocaine, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
A witness later told homicide investigators that he had met White at the Rainbow Lounge bar and later introduced him to Petite, his crack cocaine connection. He told investigators all three men had gone to White's apartment to smoke crack and watch television and that when he later left the apartment, Petite had stayed behind with White.
"Given the complex circumstances surrounding this offense, both we and the victim’s family were pleased we were able to hold Jessie Petite accountable for the death of Jeffrey White," prosecutor Michele Hartmann said Friday.