Man sentenced to life in prison for 2020 death of Austin car dealership employee

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Travis County court records revealed a man was sentenced to life in prison Thursday for capital murder on a terror threat charge in a November 2020 crime.

According to Travis County court records, 33-year-old Alberto Torres initially filed a not guilty plea with the court two days before his conviction and sentencing.

Torres was arrested in connection with the murder of 61-year-old Jerry Paul Lee, an employee at a car dealership in northwest Austin. The shooting occurred in the 11300 block of 2222 Ranch Road.

According to past reports, Torres and another suspect, later identified as 32-year-old Modesto Hernandez, attempted to steal a car from a car dealership, which ended in a shootout that killed Lee.

Recordings showed Hernandez still making his way through the court system, with a hearing scheduled for January 17.

Travis County court records show that Torres filed a notice of appeal Thursday after the verdict.

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