Southeast Texan gets life term over 2011 slaying

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Associated Press

Posted on January 7, 2014 at 10:04 AM

BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — A Southeast Texas man has been sentenced to life in prison for his role in a 2011 gang-related slaying linked to a drug ring.

A federal judge in Beaumont on Monday sentenced 34-year-old Tanner Lynn Bourque of Vidor (VY'-dur). Bourque in July pleaded guilty to murder in aid of racketeering in the shooting death of James Lee Sedtal at a home in Liberty County.

Investigators say Bourque gave the order to carry out the March 2011 killing. Prosecutors say gang members were involved in a methamphetamine ring operating in the Orange County area.

Three other people pleaded guilty last summer for their respective roles in the slaying. Two were sentenced to life in prison while the other awaits sentencing.

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