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Man Accused Of Teen's Murder Headed To Prison

An East Texas man is found guilty for capital murder.  Twenty-year-old Terry Eugene Landry has been sentenced to life in prison for the 2005 killing of 17-year-old Joshua Petrea. Petrea's mother says her son was a good kid and did not deserve to die.

"He would have given anybody in this room the shirt off his back. He would have stood up for you Landry," says Carol Petrea, Joshua's mother.

In a Gregg County courtroom today, Joshua Petrea's mother spoke face to face with one of her son's killers. "You stood out there and watched him suffer and helped beat him and done nothing." 

In May of last year, police say 17-year-old Josh met a girl at a CiCi's pizza in Longview. The two exchanged phone numbers. Police say Josh was then lured to a house through text messages with the girl. When he arrived at the house, police say three teens and Landry threatened Josh with a shotgun before kidnapping and stabbing him 67 times. He was later found in a wooded area outside White Oak. 

"He had a love and passion for life, you know, he would have been so great, but I know he's in the Lord's army now. He's still doing great," Carol says.

All three teens and Landry are now behind bars. "They're going to rot in prison and I mean that's it. It's over. They're not going to hurt anybody else." Something Carol Petrea is thankful for, that no other family will have to go through the pain they did. 

"A little bit of justice was done for Josh, and that's what we were after. I mean it won't ever bring him back, it won't fix things, but a little bit of closure." 

Josh's family says they live day by day, enjoying time with their other son, now the same age Josh was when he was murdered.

Terry Landry was the fourth person convicted in Joshua Petrea's murder. Two teens, Ricardo Cortez and Daniel Massie, are currently serving life sentences. The girl Maria Sanchez is serving 38 years.  

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