Garland man gets life in fatal shooting of pregnant girlfriend

Garland man gets life in fatal shooting of pregnant girlfriend

Credit: Garland Police Department

Ronnie Bass

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Posted on March 29, 2013 at 8:46 AM

Updated Friday, Mar 29 at 8:57 AM

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GARLAND (AP) - A Garland man was sentenced to life in prison for the fatal shooting of his pregnant girlfriend and the death of their unborn child.

Jurors in Dallas on Thursday convicted 21-year-old Ronnie Bass, of Garland, of murder and capital murder in the July 2011 attack.

The body of 19-year-old Decia Hartfield was discovered in her car at an apartment complex. Her unborn child did not survive.

A judge sentenced Bass to 30 years in prison for Hartfield's slaying. Prosecutors did not seek execution over the death of the fetus so Bass received an automatic life prison term without parole. The sentences must be served concurrently.

Court records show a woman associated with Bass cooperated in the investigation and awaits trial on murder and capital murder charges.
 

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