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Teen gets 20 years in Youth Commission for killing

FORT WORTH — A 15-year-old was sentenced to 20 years in a Texas Youth Commission facility Thursday morning for helping another teen in a robbery and fatal shooting in July, the last in a series of holdups by the pair who targeted residents at random.

The teen, whose father sat in the courtroom, fought back tears as he testified that he acted as a diversion for his 19-year-old accomplice in the fatal shooting of Adam Spakowski, 25, on July 27.

The Fort Worth boy also told State Judge Jean Boyd that the pair had committed two holdups before the July 27 robbery, stealing money to pay for drugs and rent. The teen said they picked victims by just driving around neighborhoods.

Police took the teen into custody in August at the Boys & Girls Club in the 4600 block of Ramey Avenue.

In a plea agreement reached with the Tarrant County District Attorney's Office, the teen, who is not being identified because he is a juvenile, admitted to the charge of delinquent conduct/murder.

He must serve at TYC at least until he's 16. After that, he could be paroled or transferred to prison.

Juan Munoz, 19, is accused of shooting Spakowski and of being the one who brandished a handgun in the three holdups. He was arrested on Aug. 8 by state troopers in Palo Pinto County in a car that had been stolen at gunpoint in Fort Worth. His case is pending.