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Man sentenced to 50 years in prison for murdering pastor

A Houston man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for murdering a pastor. The Harris County District Attorney Office said the suspect had been using meth for at least 5 months leading up to the attack.

HOUSTON – A jury has sentenced a man to 50 years in prison for the murder of a pastor and gospel musician.

Daniel Travis Durham, 34, was convicted on Tuesday following a seven day trial.

The Harris County District Attorney’s Office said Daniel Travis Durham, 34, was using meth during the time he attacked and murdered 69-year-old Donald Frazier.

“He chose to snort and smoke methamphetamine for months, and that extremely addictive drug fueled that paranoia that led him to Mr. Frazier’s house,” said Assistant DA Gilbert Sawtelle.

Officials said Durham snuck into Frazier’s backyard and cut the power off on July 4, 2014. Frazier grabbed a handgun when he heard a noise and went outside to confront Durham.

Durham was able to grab Frazier’s gun and shoot him.

Not only was Frazier a pastor, but he was a honorary Katy Police Officer.

“And now a stand-up citizen who wore many hats and dedicated his life to others is dead and another man is headed to prison for decades,” said Sawtelle.

The case was investigated by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

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