- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 13, 2016

BURNET, Texas (AP) - A 23-year-old Central Texas man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole in the shooting deaths of two friends at his home while he was on a hallucinogenic drug.

A jury on Monday found Garrett Ballard guilty of capital murder and then a judge sentenced him in the deaths of 17-year-old Elijah Benson and 26-year-old Travis Fox in 2014.

Ballard’s father is a Burnet County constable. At the time of the killings, Ballard’s parents were out of town. His father was attending a Texas Narcotic Officer Association Conference.

According to Ballard’s confession, the three friends had gotten into a confrontation at the house. Ballard told officials he then got the keys to his father’s law enforcement vehicle, retrieved a rifle, loaded it and fired on Benson and Fox.


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