Three get prison over Central Texas teen's killing

June 24, 2011 7:20:34 AM PDT
Three young men have been sentenced to prison in the killing of a Central Texas teen over what police say was a gang-related slaying. A judge in Belton on Thursday ordered 36 years in prison for 18-year-old Jonathan Darvalics. He pleaded guilty to murder in the 2009 death of 16-year-old James Johnson III of Killeen.

Victor Villarreal was sentenced to 20 years in a murder plea bargain. Paul Cantu pleaded guilty earlier and in April received 40 years.

Darvalics was 16, Villarreal was 17 and Cantu was 18 when Johnson was killed.

The Killeen Daily Herald reports the victim's relatives say he was not affiliated with a gang and was being harassed. Johnson was beaten and strangled. His body was dumped in a field. Johnson's family had reported him missing.

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