The last of three men charged in connection with the death of a Conoco gas station clerk in 2017 was sentenced to 35 years in prison after pleading guilty to murder.
Judge Christi Kennedy sentenced Kedarius Oliver, 26, of Tyler, after his plea Thursday in the 114th District Courtroom.
He was originally charged with capital murder and had a jury trial scheduled for June, but he has now waived his right to a jury trial, according to Smith County Jail records.
Oliver, Lamarcus Hannah and Dameon Mosley were all charged with capital murder regarding the shooting death of Billy Stacks, 62, of Tyler, who was a clerk at the Conoco gas station at 3319 NNE Loop 323.
Stacks was shot when the store was robbed in the early hours of Jan. 28, 2017. Officials said Stacks was shot several times in his head and shoulder.
Oliver was also sentenced to 35 years for a probation violation regarding his involvement in Stacks’ death. The two sentences will be served at the same time.
Mosley, 28, who fired the shots at Stacks, was convicted by a jury in November. He was given the death penalty.
In opening statements of Mosley’s trial, Smith County District Attorney Jacob Putman said Hannah, Oliver and Mosley got into a vehicle to rob a place for money after getting off work in Palestine.
Putman told the jury Mosley was the robber, Hannah was the driver and Oliver was the lookout. Mosley went into the gas station with a gun and shot Stacks twice after a confrontation. He then fled with the store’s cash.
Hannah was sentenced to 35 years in prison after entering a guilty plea on Jan. 31.
Oliver has been in the Smith County Jail since Jan. 30, 2017, and his sentence will begin Friday, according to jail records.