Plea deal ends Fort Worth trial in 1983 murder

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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A murder trial in a 31-year-old Fort Worth slaying case has ended with a plea deal. A trial for 50-year-old Benjamin Bewley was entering a third day Thursday when attorneys said they’d reached an agreement where Bewley would plead guilty to the 1983 slaying of pawnshop owner Melvin Lavine during a robbery at his home. State District Judge Louis Sturns then sentenced Bewley to 15 years in prison.

Bewley’s lawyer tells the Fort Worth Star-Telegram he’ll become eligible for parole in five years. DNA evidence found on a piece of broken glass door from Lavine’s home tied Bewley to the slaying scene. At the time of his arrest last year, he was in a jail in Taylor County on a drunken driving charge.

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