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Big Sandy man gets 60-year prison term in sister's murder

From Staff Reports
June 20, 2012 at 5:36 a.m.


GILMER -- A jury on Tuesday sentenced Glenn Wade Myers Jr., 55, of Big Sandy to 60 years in prison after convicting him of murder in the shooting death of his sister.

Myers, 55, of Big Sandy, testified Tuesday morning that he did not kill 52-year-old Cindy Espinoza, who was shot this past summer outside her rural Nutmeg Road home. Testimony established she was shot through the mouth from close range with a shotgun.

The six-man, six-woman jury deliberated more than four hours before finding Myers guilty, and less than 40 minutes in determining the sentence. Myers would have to serve half the 60-year term before becoming eligible for parole.

Key prosecution testimony came Monday from Espinoza's daughter-in-law, Nochell White, who said she saw Myers running with a gun after the shooting.

Espinoza's daughter, Dawn Tigue, testified Monday she found her mother lying in the yard after hearing a "boom," and that when she repeatedly shouted for help, music from a radio in Myers' nearby house "would just get louder and louder."

Defense attorney Tim Cone announced the conviction would be appealed. Judge Lauren Parish appointed him to handle the appeal.

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