FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – A jury has sentenced an 18-year-old Fort Worth man to 35 years for orchestrating the killing of a young rapper after he failed to pay a $40 Super Bowl bet.
Edward “Tre” Washington III was sentenced on one count of murder on Monday in connection with the March 14, 2011, fatal shooting of Jarami Thomas, 20.
During the trial, prosecutors presented evidence that the two engaged in a $40 Super Bowl bet on Facebook, which the victim lost.When Thomas refused to pay up, Washington repeatedly called and sent threatening messages, bragging to his friends that he was going to kill Thomas for disrespecting him.In the early morning hours of March 14, the two agreed to meet at an Arlington convenience store on Green Oak Boulevard to settle the debt with a fistfight.
When Thomas and his friends pulled into the parking lot, Washington and his friends blocked them in with their vehicle.Washington’s friend, Clevin Earl Brown Jr., then pulled Thomas out of the car and fatally shot him.
Brown was convicted of murder in April and sentenced to 50 years in prison.
Thomas was considered an up-and-coming rapper who was beginning to make a name for himself in the music industry. He prided himself on lyrics that carried a positive message, without references to drugs, alcohol, or violence.
“If not for Tre Washington and his actions, Jarami Thomas would be with his family today,” said Assistant District Attorney Tamla Ray. “I’m glad the jury agreed and assessed the appropriate punishment.”
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