Arlington man sentenced to 35 years for 2013 slaying

Joel White, 33, of Arlington
Joel White, 33, of Arlington Courtesy

An Arlington man accused of killing his girlfriend’s former boyfriend and firing at police during a standoff from his apatment in 2013 has been sentenced to 35 years in prison.

Joel White, 33, of Arlington who had been found incompetent to stand trial earlier this year, pleaded guilty on Monday to a charge of murder in the killing of Roderick Pass 32, of Arlington.

He also pleaded guilty to attempted capital murder for firing at police during the Oct. 28, 2013. standoff.

White was sentenced to 35 years on each charge, and he will serve them concurrently.

In February, doctors had determined that White was incompetent. At times, he had refused to take his medications or food because he believed they were posion, according to Tarrant County court documents. Doctors found him competent in October.

A year earlier, on the morning of Oct. 28, 2013, patrol officers responded to reports of shots being fired at the Silverwood Apartments, 1135 Silverwood Drive, near Texas 360 and Interstate 30. White’s girlfriend awoke that morning and he told her that Pass, her former boyfriend, was dead. They walked to a balcony where White pointed to Pass’s body in a complex parking lot. He then fired more shots at Pass. White’s girlfriend escaped from the apartment.

When they arrived, police heard gunshots, and seconds later White opened fire at officers.

After securing the area, officers managed to pull Pass’ body out of the line of fire.

White held police at bay for seven hours before he surrendered.

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