Last two defendants sent to prison in 2016 killing of bystander in San Antonio drug robbery gone bad
The last two defendants in a scheme to steal drugs that ended with the death of a visitor who was just watching a game on TV have been sentenced.
Gabrielle “Gabby” Nicole Brightman, and Betty Rojas, both 20, originally had been charged with capital murder in the 2016 shooting of Milton Ray Miles, 37, at an apartment on the city’s far North Side.
Bexar County investigators established that the women, along with Jai Lynn Jamal Arnold, 20, known as “Taco,” Jason Marino, 20, Jamarr “Yoshi” Harrison-McNeil, 25, and Ethan Yoast, 20, orchestrated a plan to rob two brothers of marijuana around 10 p.m. at the PURE View at TPC apartment complex in the 4000 block of TPC Parkway, on Oct. 9, 2016.
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According to reports, Miles was in the brothers’ apartment watching a basketball game when the assailants broke in through the door. Some of the would-be robbers were wearing masks when they entered the apartment. Court records indicate Brightman and Rojas admitted they sprayed a dark coating over cameras monitoring that part of the complex before the assailants walked up to the fifth floor.
The two brothers survived the assault, but Miles died in the apartment after he was shot twice in the back, according to police.
In a pre-sentencing investigation hearing Wednesday before Judge Kevin O’Connell in the 227th state District Court, Brightman and Rojas each pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of aggravated robbery. Brightman was sentenced to 14 years and Rojas received a 15-year term.
The women are the last two people sentenced in Miles’ death.
Last year, Arnold, Marino and Yoast pleaded guilty to murder, and the others to aggravated robbery in plea agreements.
In December, Arnold was sentenced to 45 years; in January, Yoast received 32 years; in February, Marino got 30 years, and on the same day Harrison-McNeil received a 12-year term.
Each must serve at least half the sentence before they’re eligible for parole.
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