Navasota Man Sentenced 10 Years for Murdering 'Best Friend'

Brandon Richardson
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BRAZOS COUNTY- It took a jury less than three hours to decide that Brandon Richardson should spend 10 years in prison for killing Brice Bennett. Brazos County District Attorney Jarvis Parsons says Bennett's family wanted more time. "Obviously they are disappointed because their son's life was taken, and the defendant still gets to live. And so it's not really a lot of solace to a family that it's intentional or unintentional. "

Richardson told police back in October 2011, he fired shots into the air to break up a fight between two customers in the Neal's Hideaway parking lot in Millican. Parsons says 22 year old Bennett, who was engaged to be married, was in the parking lot that night and hit by a stray bullet. "His only crime was going out to a bar that night. And because of the actions of the defendant, Brice Bennett the victim is no longer here."

Richardson's attorney William Juvrud says his client to this day deeply regrets his actions. Richardson apparently had a gun on him after attending a trail ride earlier that day, but never meant for anyone to get hurt especially his dear friend. Juvrud, says, "He expressed his remorse and his sorrow for killing him because he did know Brice. Brice grew up in the neighborhood he did."

Juvrud says his client is a good man who loved horses and kids, and that night, he made a very bad decision. He says Richardson knew he was facing a long time behind bars, possibly 60 years to life. "When the jury came back with what we had asked for which was a sentence between 5-10 years he was elated. His family was thankful."

Juvrud says Richardson has a month to decide if he wants to appeal the case.