Houston Murder – After more than four years of delay, a Houston man has pleaded guilty to murdering his friend and has been sentenced to 40 years in prison, ABC 13 reported. Jalin Charles, who was 18 years old at the time, fatally shot 19-year-old Charles Robinson Jr. in southeast Houston in January 2019. The shooting occurred after an argument between the two friends over Robinson’s girlfriend. Robinson’s girlfriend witnessed the shooting and reported it to the police.
Charles was also suspected of being involved in a series of robberies across the Houston area with three other teens. They were suspected of robbing multiple stores, including Metro PCS, Subway, and Shipley. The suspects were all students at Worthing High School.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Charles’ trial was delayed for years. On Monday, he entered a guilty plea for the murder of Robinson and received a 40-year sentence. As part of the plea deal, multiple charges of aggravated robbery against him were dropped. If convicted of those additional charges, Charles could have faced life in prison.
Robinson’s parents have not responded to the news of Charles’ guilty plea and sentencing, but Robinson’s father spoke with Eyewitness News back in 2019 and expressed his grief over his son’s murder, saying “My son didn’t deserve what happened to him.”
The plea deal brings some closure to the Houston murder case and Robinson’s family, but it is a tragic reminder of the devastating consequences of gun violence and the importance of resolving conflicts without resorting to violence.