ABILENE, Texas - Update 10:05 p.m.: After deliberating for nearly six hours, jurors sentenced Noe Trevino to 25 years in prison for murdering Lewis Maston in March 2015.
Trevino was convicted of murder earlier Wednesday for the stabbing death of Maston outside of Club Ol' Skool in Abilene.
Robert Maston, Lewis' younger brother, addressed Trevino after the sentence was handed down.
"So many lives were destroyed due to the action of not thinking," Robert said. "All is not lost, there is still hope for you, Noe. I pray for you."
A Taylor County jury on Wednesday found a 24-year-old Abilene man guilty of murder in the 2015 stabbing death of Lewis Maston.
Noe Trevino, addressing jurors Tuesday, admitted to stabbing Maston 10 times in March 2015 outside of Ol' Skool Club in south Abilene. Trevino said that he only stabbed him after Maston approached him in an aggressive manner.
The state and the defense rested their cases Tuesday, and the trial resumed Wednesday morning with the charge and closing statements.
The sentencing phase is set for this afternoon. Trevino faces 15 to 99 years -- or life -- in prison.
The jury deliberated for nearly four-and-a-half hours before coming to the verdict.
The Abilene man on trial for murder in a 2015 stabbing told jurors that he stabbed the victim multiple times out of self-defense.
Noe Trevino, 24, admitted to stabbing Lewis Maston 10 times in March 2015 outside of the Ol' Skool Club in south Abilene, but he told jurors that Maston approached him in an aggressive manner. Trevino said Maston swung at him twice and for every swing, he stabbed back.
Trevino recounted the night as a night out to celebrate his cousin’s birthday at La Nueva Luna night club. His cousins also took the stand and said Trevino was escorting them back to his car once the club closed.
Trevino said Maston’s granddaughters and his cousins were arguing. Trevino said he was also arguing with Maston’s granddaughters when Maston approached angrily and started swinging. Trevino told the court he feared for his life. He said Maston appeared intoxicated.
Trevino told the jury he left to Iowa to stay with family because he was receiving threats and feared for his life.
Maston’s younger brother, Robert, took the stand and testified to his brother’s character, saying that Lewis wasn’t the type of person to start a fight but the kind that would break one up. Robert told the jury about his brother’s past battle with drugs, but said he's been clean since being arrested in 2010. The prosecution presented Lewis’s toxicology report from the day of his murder. It showed no drugs in Maston’s system but did show alcohol.
The state and the defense rested their cases Tuesday, and the trial will resume Wednesday morning with the charge and closing statements.
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