East Austin murderer gets 20 years in prison

Allen Townsend (Austin Police Department Photo)
Allen Townsend (Austin Police Department Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — More than two years after LeQuince Tomlin, 31, was murdered at an east Austin apartment complex, one of the suspects in the case will spend 20 years in prison for his role in the deadly shooting.

Allen Townsend, 28, was sentenced by Judge Karen Sage Friday morning, after a jury found him guilty last month.Prosecutors say on Nov. 25, 2014, Townsend, along with Terry Stowers, “bum rushed” their way into a unit at the Walnut Creek Apartments on Springdale Road and asked for Tomlin, who had been sleeping on the living room couch.

The two other people in the apartment were ordered to get on the floor as one of the suspects took money from Tomlin at gunpoint. During the sentencing phase, defense attorneys argued when Townsend realized there were two children in the apartment that night, he wanted to leave. The defense says Stowers was the one who pulled the trigger, not Townsend.

Prosecutors, in turn, said Townsend knew the children were in the home when he got there. Judge Sage said the act was “senseless” and that is never should have happened.

When Tomlin’s mother gave her victim impact statement, she said, “20 years is not enough, I won’t get to see him anymore. It’s not fair.”

Stowers’ murder trial is scheduled to start in September.

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