A man accused of murdering his neighbor during a Grapevine robbery pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on Tuesday, according to a spokesperson for Assistant District Attorney Robert Foran.
As part of a plea bargain, Jerry Temple, 33, pleaded guilty to capital murder in the death of 59-year-old Kenneth Alberts. Because Temple agreed to take the plea deal, prosecutors won’t seek the death penalty.
Alberts used a wheelchair or a walker to get around and lived alone in an apartment below Temple, in the 2900 block of Mustang Drive.
On Aug. 15, 2012, Temple and two acquaintances went to Alberts’ to rob him. Alberts recognized Temple and called him by his first name, Jerry.
Temple became upset that Alberts knew who he was, and proceeded to stab Alberts with a knife.
He then picked up Alberts’ walker and beat him with it.
Alberts died at the scene.
Temple and the acquaintances stole a TV and fled the scene.
Temple sold the TV, and he and the other suspects, Deron Hall and Brion Wooden, were eventually arrested in connection to the robbery and death of Alberts.
Hall and Wooden are in the Tarrant County Jail charged with capital murder.
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