Bryan Man Pleads Guilty to Murder

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He survived one trial, but a Bryan man decided not to sit through
another one.

Bobbie Ray Tates pleaded guilty Wednesday to killing his wife.

The 54-year-old agreed to a 40-year prison term instead of letting a jury determine a verdict in his murder re-trial.

He could have faced a life sentence for the crime.

A judge declared a mistrial in October, after jurors could not reach a verdict.

Tates fatally shot his wife Carolyn in August 2006 at their anniversary party.

He will not be eligible for parole until he serves half of his sentence.