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Sweetwater man sentenced to 50 years in prison for 2020 murder of former colleague

TAYLOR COUNTY, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – Taylor County courts sentenced a Sweetwater man to 50 years in prison on Thursday for killing a former co-worker two years earlier.

Jordan Spraggins, now 28, was charged with shooting and killing 26-year-old Steven Phariss on September 21, 2020.

According to court documents, Phariss entered into a relationship with Spraggins’ wife and the two men had physically fought at least once before Spraggins shot Phariss.

Phariss was later found dead in a van with gunshot wounds to his arm, neck and torso along I-20. Spraggins was arrested early the following month and charged in December.

Now, two years later, Spraggins has been sentenced to 50 years in prison without a fine for the murder of Steven Phariss.


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