A North Texas man has been sentenced to 99 years behind bars for the killing of his girlfriend.
According to the Tarrant County District Attorney's office, 36-year-old Samuel Arren Ferralez shot and killed Stephenie Caddy-Aqqad in the garage of their home.
Caddy-Aqqad was shot in the back on the evening of May 29, 2011.
The DA's office also states, Ferralez's three children were inside the home playing video games at the time of the shooting. The couple lived together and were renting the home in south Fort Worth.
According to the DA's office, Ferralez claimed, an unknown man killed his girlfriend after following her home from the pharmacy. He later changed his story to say he found Caddy-Aqqad with another man, grabbed his gun, confronted the man, they struggled and the weapon went off striking Caddy-Aqqad in the back.
"I've never prosecuted a defendant whose story on the witness stand was so dramatically different from the story he had told police," Assistant District Attorney Tim Bednarz said in a news release. "We're pleased that the jury was able to see Ferralez for what he is: a liar and a killer. We're happy justice was done, not only for Stephenie, but also for her three children and the rest of her family."
Caddy-Aqqad leaves behind three children who were with their father when she was killed.