(KETK) – An East Texas teenager has been sentenced for murder.
According to the Hopkins County District Clerk’s office, Gavin Gilbert, 17, of Sulphur Springs has been sentenced to 55 years in prison in the December 2017 death of 18-year-old Tyrese Pryor, also of Sulphur Springs.
On Friday a jury found Gilbert guilty of Pryor’s murder in Texas’ Eighth Judicial District Court,
Gilbert was charged with one count of murder and four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the death of Pryor’s death.
According to court and arrest records, the dispute was over the sale of a small amount of marijuana between Gilbert and one of the five occupants in a truck.
Investigators said Gilbert met Pryor and four other people on County Road 1185 in Hopkins County, and an altercation occurred.
Officials say four shots were fired into the truck by Gilbert, two of which struck Pryor. Hopkins Couth Sheriff Lewis Tatum said Pryor was a backseat passenger.
“It’s one of the very unfortunate things that happens and these young people nowadays, they just take to gun so quick,” Tatum said at the time. “It’s for real, it’s permanent, it’s forever.”
Tatum said the people with Pryor drove almost nine miles up the road to the closest place they could find to get help at the Hopkins County Fire Department.
Pryor was pronounced dead around 7:45 p.m. on Dec. 17, 2017, by Justice of the Peace B.J. Teer.
Pryor played outside linebacker and wide receiver for the Sulphur Springs Wildcats. He is also the cousin of current Texas A&M safety, Larry Pryor, Jr…Christa Wood