A man and two women have pleaded guilty to lesser charges in a capital murder case connected with the slaying of a 27-year-old Fort Worth man.
Anthony R. Barrow, 25, of Fort Worth was sentenced to 40 years in prison in exchange for pleading guilty to a murder charge. Barrow’s attorney, Wes Ball, said his client will have to spend at least 20 years in prison but should become eligible for parole after that.
A guilty verdict on the capital murder charge would have resulted in an automatic sentence of life without parole, Ball said.
“He would never have had an opportunity to get out of prison,” Ball said.
Two women — Brenna Shoen-Anderson, 19, and Megan Smith, 22, both of Fort Worth — have each agreed to plead guilty to a charge of aggravated robbery in connection with the slaying, according to attorneys familiar with the case.
Shoen-Anderson made an open plea before state District Judge Wayne Salvant, who ordered a pre-sentencing investigation report, her attorney, Rose Anna Salinas said.
“My client was only 17 at the time,” Salinas said.
Smith’s attorney, Joetta Keene, could not be reached immediately for comment.
Barrow, whom authorities identified as the shooter, was scheduled to go to trial first but pleaded guilty in Salvant’s courtroom on Thursday, court records show.
Surveillance video shows that Barrow and the victim, Ricky Lewis, got into a fight and a gun was produced, Ball said.
The gun went off and at least one round struck Lewis in the head, resulting in his death, according to a news release from the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office. Lewis died outside a room at the Central Hotel in the 5800 block of East Lancaster Avenue.
Lewis intervened in a robbery targeting a 29-year-old Honey Grove woman about 2 a.m. May 2, 2015, according to court documents. Police responded shortly after 2:15 a.m. to a report of a shooting in the area, a police report said.
According to attorneys familiar with the case, drugs were involved.