GATESVILLE — A Kempner teen pleaded guilty to slitting a wheelchair-bound man’s throat just months after the incident, and the 52nd District Court sentenced him to life in prison Monday.
“He did plea,” said District Attorney David Castillo about Cody Dion-Michael Parlato’s, 19, of Kempner, sentencing that was held Monday.
Castillo said he offered Parlato the plea deal of life in prison on a murder charge after the grand jury indicted him in September and Parlato’s first pretrial hearing.
“It was a little surprising that he decided to plead this early in the process,” said Castillo. The plea deal was the only one Parlato was going to get before going to trial and it included that Parlato would not face court costs or other court fines.
After 30 years, Parlato will be eligible for parole, but that is to be determined by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, said Castillo.
Parlato was arrested July 11 for killing Darien P. Brodeaur, 42, of Copperas Cove, who was in a wheelchair.
At about 3:05 a.m. July 10, Copperas Cove police responded to the 2000 block of East U.S. Highway 190 where they looked into the window of Brodeaur’s apartment and saw him “laying lifeless” on the floor, according to the arrest complaint.
Several witnesses came forward during the police investigation and said Parlato was bragging about cutting Brodeaur’s throat, stated the complaint. The two also were reported to have been fighting the night before the incident occurred.
Witnesses led police to a local park where Parlato attempted to bury the weapon used in the attack and police were able to recover it.
On the same day of the incident, Parlato arrived at the police department and officers conducted a “felony takedown” arrest in the parking lot, CCPD spokesman Sgt. Kevin Keller said in July.
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