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Putt-Putt killing suspect takes plea deal, gets life

FORT WORTH -- Convicted killer Mark Porter escaped the death penalty Tuesday.

In a plea agreement reached with prosecutors, Porter, 22, plead guilty to capital murder Tuesday afternoon and was sentenced to life in prison without parole for killing Jonas Cherry during a 2006 holdup at the Hurst Putt-Putt Golf & Games and robbing the business of less than $700.

Earlier this month, prosecutors had said they would seek the death penalty against Porter.

Less than two weeks ago, a Tarrant County jury found Porter’s accomplice, Paul David Storey, 23, guilty of capital murder and sentenced him to die by lethal injection.

Porter and Storey rushed into the Hurst business on the morning of Oct. 16, 2006 and took Cherry, 28, into an office, according to police.

After removing surveillance tapes in the office, the robbers ordered Cherry to open a safe and fill a bag with cash.

Cherry was shot twice in the head and twice in the legs as he knelt, according to testimony in Storey’s trial.

Storey and Porter were arrested a few days later after police received a tip.

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