East Texas man pleads guilty to murder of LSD dealer, sentenced to 25 years in prison

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A Huntington, Texas man who pleaded guilty last week to the murder of a man he met to buy LSD in 2018 was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced the sentencing of 24-year-old Jace Weeks in a press release on Sunday.

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Weeks pleaded guilty to the shooting death of 31-year-old Sam Kyle James on April 30, 2018.

That day, Weeks drove from Huntington, a small town outside of Lufkin, Texas, to Houston to buy LSD from James, whose middle name was Kyle.

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Jace Weeks pleaded guilty to the shooting death of 31-year-old Sam Kyle James on April 30, 2018. (Harris County District Attorneys Office)

Ogg said in the release that just before the exchange, Weeks shot James in the head with a .22-caliber rifle.

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The victim was found dead in his car in a parking garage near the apartment complex where he lived.

The Houston Police Department is investigating the matter, including reviewing surveillance video from the apartment complex.

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Sam Kyle James of Houston, Texas was fatally shot by Jace Weeks, who planned to meet with James on April 30, 2018 to purchase LSD. (Harris County District Attorney)

The video helped investigators identify the vehicle leaving the crime scene, which led detectives to Weeks.

Days after the murder, detectives spoke to Weeks, who admitted what happened.

“This was a senseless murder that shouldn’t have happened,” said Ogg. “Getting justice for the victim’s family will help them get some closure and move on from their grief.”

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Assistant District Attorney Bryan Honeycutt continued the case, saying it was important to James’ family that the killer be brought to justice and take responsibility for his actions.

“Kyle James’ family has waited very patiently for the past five years and we have been able to negotiate an appropriate sentence,” Honeycutt said.

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Weeks is eligible for parole after serving 20 years.

Greg Wehner is a breaking news reporter for Fox News Digital.

East Texas man pleads guilty to murder of LSD dealer, sentenced to 25 years in prison

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