Sep 11, 2013 11:40 AM by Associated Press
CUERO, Texas (AP) - A South Texas man whose first trial over the 2001 death of his girlfriend ended in a mistrial has pleaded guilty in the case recently featured on a TV crime show.
Ronnie Hendrick of Yorktown pleaded guilty Tuesday afternoon to murder and was sentenced to 22 years in prison.
The shooting death of Pamela Shelly was originally ruled a suicide. The case was reopened in 2008. Hendrick was indicted last October.
The plea deal came a day after a judge in Cuero declared a mistrial and cited pretrial publicity from the Sept. 3 broadcast of the TNT program "Cold Justice."
DeWitt County District Attorney Michael Sheppard at the time said too many potential jurors saw the program and formed opinions.
Sheppard didn't immediately comment Wednesday.
(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
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