FORT WORTH —A Mansfield man pleaded guilty to murder on Friday in connection with a drug deal that turned sour.
Shane Zachary Austin, 21, was sentenced to 30 years in prison for fatally wounding Myles Rascon, 17.
Austin and another person met Rascon and two others at the Whataburger at 1221 Farm Road 157 to buy marijuana from them at about 10:30 p.m. on April 12.
Austin got in the back seat of the car with Rascon, snatched the baggie of marijuana and fled. As Austin ran toward his car, Rascon gave chase, and Austin turned around and fired three shots at him.
Rascon's friends drove him to Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, and he was taken by helicopter to a Dallas hospital, where he was pronounced dead the next day.
Detectives traced the phone number used to set up the drug sale to Austin. At Austin's home in Mansfield, police saw a black Pontiac Firebird that matched the description of the suspect's vehicle.
Detectives found Austin standing on the back patio with a marijuana pipe in his hand and the odor of burning marijuana in the air. Austin was arrested on suspicion of marijuana possession and taken for questioning in the shooting.
On an outdoor couch nearby, police found a .40-caliber semiautomatic pistol; the three shell casings recovered at Whataburger were also .40-caliber. -- Mitch Mitchell
This report contains material from the Star-Telegram archives