GRAPEVINE -- A man charged with killing his disabled neighbor while robbing him has been sentenced to life in prison.
Jerry Temple, 33, pled guilty Tuesday to the capital murder of Kenneth Alberts, 59, after reaching a plea deal. He is not eligible for parole and avoided the death penalty, a press release from Criminal District Attorney Joe Shannon, Jr. said.
Alberts was handicapped and lived alone in a Grapevine apartment below Temple in 2012 when Temple, along with Deron Hill and Brion Wooden, went to Alberts' home to rob him. Temple grew angry when Alberts called him "Jerry" and stabbed him before beating him with his walker.
The three men left the scene with a television set that they later sold.
“The murder of Kenneth Alberts is a terrible tragedy,” Assistant District Attorney Robert Foran said. “He did not pose a danger to the defendant. Like most homicides, it was a brutal and unnecessary crime. However, because of the great work done by Detective Stubblefield and the Grapevine Police Department, this homicide was quickly resolved.”
Hill and Wooden are in the Tarrant County Jail and they are both charged with capital murder.