BELTON — A 27-year-old man was sentenced to 50 years in prison Friday for the 2013 shooting death of a 48-year-old Killeen woman.
Harry Alvin Parsons, of Newport News, Va., received his sentence after pleading guilty to first-degree murder in a Bell County courtroom Friday in Veronica Denise Avant’s June 8, 2013, death.
The shooting occurred in a Killeen apartment in the 500 block of Esther Circle, a few blocks from Killeen High School. According to an arrest affidavit, a domestic disturbance began when one of Avant’s sons arrived at the apartment with a woman. The son’s ex-girlfriend also was at the apartment.
There was a dispute, but neighbors said the Avant brothers managed to calm the ex-girlfriend and led her to her car.
Twenty minutes later, the ex-girlfriend returned. She was followed by another car containing two women and a man later identified as Parsons.
Parsons got out of the vehicle and began shooting at one of the victim’s sons, who ran into the apartment. Parsons followed the man and forced his way into the home while still firing a handgun, the affidavit stated. Parsons and the man struggled over the gun in the living room and at least two gunshots were fired, a neighbor said.
Parsons fled the scene with the gun, and the family members discovered Avant had been shot in the stomach. Emergency personnel took her to Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood, where she died while in surgery.
Avant’s son later identified Parsons as the shooter in a photo lineup. Parsons was arrested June 9, 2013, in Round Rock.