Man who killed HPD officer in 1991 gets life in plea deal

Shelton Jones was initially sentenced to loss of life for killing HPD Sgt. Bruno Soboleski in 1991 however the sentence was later overturned on a authorized technicality.

HOUSTON — A Houston cop-killer who had been on loss of life row for 3 many years was resentenced to life in jail with out parole Wednesday as a part of a plea deal.

Shelton Jones shot and killed Houston Police Department Sgt. Bruno Soboleski in 1991. Jurors gave him the loss of life penalty however a federal judge later overturned the sentence on a authorized technicality.

Since a lot time has handed and most of the witnesses have died, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office felt the most secure path ahead was a plea deal. 

The fallen officer’s widow and youngsters confronted his killer in courtroom and Sue Soboleski referred to as the plea deal “absolutely unfair.”

“I do feel like he’s the survivor. We have survived nothing,” she mentioned. “But we do understand that this is the best we were going to get in this case.” 

She and the couple’s two daughters gave very emotional victim-impact statements that introduced many to tears. Tissues have been being handed out in the courtroom.

They talked about that knock on their door in 1991 that shattered their lives. 

After ready for 30 years, they do not assume justice has been pretty served.

Jones did not say something in courtroom apart from to plead responsible. As a part of the plea deal, Jones agreed to not enchantment his life sentence.

Sue Soboleski mentioned she hasn’t forgiven her husband’s killer and she or he’s not carried out combating. She desires reforms in the felony justice system so nobody else has to attend 30 years for justice.

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