Texas man takes plea deal, gets life sentence for fatally shooting estranged wife, her brother

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SAN ANGELO, Texas — A West Texas man has avoided a possible death sentence after accepting a plea deal in the fatal shooting of his estranged wife and her brother.

Forty-one-year-old Brian Berry was sentenced to life in prison without parole Tuesday after pleading guilty to capital murder in the deaths of Keri Berry and Brandon Block in July 2013 at Keri Berry's home in Wall.

The San Angelo Standard-Times reports (http://bit.ly/1z2fR1w ) Berry also received a 20-year prison sentence for shooting Block's wife, who survived. He was ordered to pay more than $18,000 in restitution.

Capital murder is punishable by death or life imprisonment.

Prosecutors said last year they would have sought the death penalty against Berry if the case went before a jury.

Information from: Standard-Times, http://www.sanangelostandardtimes.com

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