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Man convicted of killing San Antonio officer gets life term

April 6, 2018

JOURDANTON, Texas (AP) — A man convicted in the 2013 slaying of a South Texas police officer investigating a robbery must serve life in prison without chance of parole.

Authorities say 36-year-old Shaun Puente was sentenced Friday in Jourdanton (JURD’-un-tun).

An Atascosa (a-tuhs-KOH’-suh) County jury last month convicted Puente of capital murder in the death of San Antonio police Officer Robert Deckard. Prosecutors sought execution but jurors deadlocked on punishment, so Puente received life behind bars.

A San Antonio convenience store was robbed on Dec. 8, 2013. Deckard and other officers in law-enforcement vehicles were chasing two suspects when he was struck by a bullet that went through the windshield. Deckard died nearly two weeks later.

Puente’s girlfriend, Jenevieve Ramos, awaits trial on a capital murder charge. Investigators allege she drove the getaway car.

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