A man and a teen tried to make a pot deal look like a robbery. Instead, it became a murder.
Now, the adult will head to prison for the rest of his life.
This month, a judge in Texas sentenced Kyle Sample, 24, to life in prison without parole for the capital murder of Ryan Kincaid, according to the Hays County District Attorney’s Office.
On June 19, 2017, police in San Marcos, Texas, received multiple 911 calls that a person — later identified as Kincaid — was shot in the parking lot of a laundromat, according to prosecutors.
Officer arrived and tried to provide Kincaid aid, but he was pronounced dead at the scene. He was shot once in the chest.
Witnesses said there were two people involved and one person ran away. The other suspect drove away in a vehicle, according to prosecutors.
Investigators found the car in a nearby parking lot, and it was registered to Kincaid, prosecutors noted. A police officer found the suspects near a Motel 8.
Sample confessed to coming to the area with a 15-year-old accomplice, prosecutors said.
The two staged a robbery where the teen contacted Kincaid to buy marijuana, prosecutors said. Kincaid arrived and the teen got his vehicle. Sample then approached and brandished a .45-caliber revolver.
When Kincaid tried to defend himself, he was shot dead.
The teen and the juvenile’s mom were also arrested in connection to the case. At the time of the murder, police told The Progress that officers had a previous history with the teen.
“We deal with him all the time,” Police Chief Vance Roberts told the newspaper.
Sample was a registered sex offender and was released from a juvenile facility months before the murder. He served years for the sexual assault, where the victim was a 3-year-old girl, according to The Progress.
Sample was convicted of murder following a trial, prosecutors said. Because officials did not seek the death penalty, the life sentence was mandatory.