By Jade Ortego

Killeen Daily Herald

BELTON - A Killeen man was sentenced Tuesday to two years in prison for beating a man unconscious with a metal pipe and pieces of a barbecue grill.

Judge Fancy Jezek of the 426th District Court sentenced Darrice Travis Ned, 28, for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

On Jan. 25, police were dispatched to an assault at a Motel 7 in Killeen. There they found a bloody 46-year-old man with lacerations to his head. Near him were a pipe and pieces of a grill covered in blood. He was in and out of consciousness and had a very faint heartbeat, according to the arrest affidavit.

Witnesses reported seeing two suspects who had beaten the man enter Room 135. In that room, police found a woman and two men, including Ned, who had blood on the fingers of his left hand and his clothing. The woman told police she saw the men attack the victim.

Jezek also sentenced Brian Antonio Grate, 40, of Killeen, to five years in prison for a 2000 incident wherein he beat his girlfriend with a rock.

On May 14, 2000, police were dispatched to a Killeen residence where Grate, who had left the scene, had assaulted his girlfriend. The woman had to be hospitalized for the injuries she sustained to her forehead, lips, hands and arms. She reported that Grate threatened to kill her.

On March 13, 2007, Grate was sentenced to 10 years probation for aggravated assault. His probation was revoked Tuesday and he was given a prison sentence.

Jezek also sentenced:

Sarafia Heleace Walker, 19, of Belton, to four years in prison for burglary of a habitation on July 2, 2008.

Gary Sanchez Nichols, 21, of Killeen, to three years in prison for burglary of a habitation on June 7, 2007.

Zachary Hazelton, 22, of Temple, to 12 months state jail for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle on Dec. 14.

Milton Lewis Jr., 32, of Killeen, to six months state jail for possession of a controlled substance, cocaine, less than 1 gram, on Dec. 28.

Bradley Rashun Hargrow, 18, of Temple, to 10 years probation and a $500 fine for burglary of a habitation on June 17.

Denzell Marquez Mayberry, 17, of Killeen, to 10 years probation for burglary of a habitation on Feb. 25.

Donna Michelle Guerra, 22, of Temple, to seven years probation for burglary of a habitation on Jan. 11.

Judge Joe Carroll of the 27th District Court on Tuesday sentenced:

Javarreyll Keegan Howard, 18, of Temple, to five years probation and 30 days in Bell County Jail for burglary of a habitation on July 10.

Jordan Columbus Hopper, 17, of Temple, to five years probation for theft, more than $1,500 and less than $20,000, on Feb. 2.

Danford Jordan Elliott, 19, of Killeen, to two years probation for robbery on Feb. 8.

Contact Jade Ortego at or (254) 501-7553. Follow her on Twitter at KDHcourts.

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