Court upholds Harlingen murder conviction

HARLINGEN — Police said Adrian Barrera shot an unarmed man at point-blank range in an argument over a stolen 9 mm pistol.

Barrera was convicted of murder in 2013 and sentenced to 25 years in prison.

This week, the 13th Court of Appeals upheld the conviction and sentence.

Police said Barrera got into a dispute with Ramiro Barron III, 27, over the stolen pistol in November 2011 in the Rangerville area of Harlingen.

Barrera, who was 27 at the time, shot an unarmed Barron with a 40-caliber pistol, police said. Barron was shot three times.

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