HOUSTON – Three people have been convicted of their roles in the fatal shooting of an Army veteran, the Harris County District Attorney said on Saturday.
At around 2:30 a.m. on February 17, 2017, Brandon P. Lancelin, 31, was fatally shot in the bathroom of the Erotic City nightclub on 8926 Gulf Freeway in southeast Houston.
His body was placed in his Ford Explorer, which was driven to 5600 Mitchell Lane in La Marque, about 24 miles away. The vehicle was then set on fire. The police and fire brigade were at the scene around 6:30 a.m.
During an investigation, officials found that Lancelin was last seen alive at the Gentleman’s Club.
Witnesses told police that club manager Milton Carlos Segura shot Lancelin in the bathroom after the club closed and quoted Segura who was jealous that his girlfriend, a club employee named Priscilla Ashley Castellano, was paying Lancelin’s attention, according to the district attorney’s office from Harris County.
After the shooting, Castellano cleaned up the scene and another club employee, Eleazar Leon, helped put Lancelin’s body in his vehicle before cremating it, according to Harris County prosecutors.
In early August, Segura pleaded guilty to the murder and was sentenced to 35 years in prison.
On Friday, Castellano and Leon 30 pleaded guilty to manipulating evidence. Castellano was sentenced to three years in prison. Leon has been sentenced to eight years suspended sentence, according to the Harris County Attorney’s Office.
“This may have been an impulsive crime, but these three people were brought to justice after they went to great lengths to hide their actions,” Harris County district attorney Kim Ogg said in a statement. “Our law enforcement partners have done an amazing job of bringing what happened and indicting those responsible. We hope that this will bring something to the victim’s family. “
Deputy District Attorney Lisa Calligan of the Department of Serious Crimes passed the case, which was being investigated by the Houston Police Department.
“Brandon Lancelin was an innocent victim and an Army veteran who was killed simply for being kind to the wrong people,” Calligan said.
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