Man Pleads Guilty To Murder In Deadly Purse Theft

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A man charged with capital murder in a deadly drive-by purse snatching in a Dallas store parking lot has pleaded guilty to murder.

Rogelio Belmonte of Denton entered his plea before the start of jury selection in his trial. A sentencing trial is scheduled to begin in state district court in Dallas on Tuesday. He could receive up to 99 years or life in prison.

The incident happened in March 2011 outside a Walmart in North Dallas.

Belmonte's 76-year-old victim, Sabra Leavy, died three days after she was dragged about 40 yards and then run over by a truck as her purse was being stolen. Police later located the vehicle, which was parked, and arrested Belmonte when he returned to the truck.

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