Jury sentences man to 55 years for fatally shooting Sulphur Springs football player

Jury sentences man to 55 years for fatally shooting Sulphur Springs football player

HOPKINS COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - A Hopkins County jury sentenced a man to 55 years in prison for fatally shooting a Sulphur Springs football player.

According to court records, a jury found Gavin Gilbert, of Sulphur Springs, guilty of murder on August 10. Gilbert was 17 years old when he was arrested in December 2017 in connection to the murder of 18-year-old Tyrese Pryor.

According to the Hopkins County District Attorney, a jury sentenced Gilbert to 55 years in prison on August 13. Gilbert will have to serve 27 and half years before he is eligible for parole.

Deliberations on Gilbert's sentencing took about 2 hours, according to the DA.

According to the Hopkins County Sheriff Lewis Tatum, Pryor and four others met with Gilbert on a county road near the South Liberty community on December 17, 2017. An altercation occurred and four shots were fired into the Pryor's truck. Tatum reported two of those shots struck Pryor.

Pyror was taken to a fire station by those who accompanied him. He was then transported to a hospital where he later died.

Pryor was a football player at Sulphur Springs High School.

Gilbert was identified as the suspect after investigators interviewed passengers in the truck. He was then arrested at about 2 a.m. December 18, 2017.

Gilbert still has four pending charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

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