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1/4/05-Tyler

Man Sentenced For Birthday Murder

A 36-year-old man was sentenced today to 40 years in prison for a crime he committed on his birthday last July.

The sentence was part of a plea agreement. Loniel Hall pled guilty to the murder of Jodell Spencer, 62, in his North Tyler home.

The Smith County District Attorney's office says Hall gave no motive for the shooting death.

In a gesture of compassion, the victim's sister and the defendant's mother embraced in the courtroom.

Julie Tam, reporting.

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