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Man gets 50 years from jury for murdering pastor



A Houston man was sentenced to 50 years in prison by a jury for murdering a gospel musician in a meth-fueled attack, prosecutors said Wednesday.


“This defendant will now serve more time in prison than he has been alive,” Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said as she acknowledged the community’s judgement.


Donald Frazier, 69, was awakened in the early morning hours of July 4, 2014 after Daniel Travis Durham sneaked into his backyard and cut off the power to Frazier’s home on Amber Lake Drive.


Frazier, a pastor and an honorary officer for the Katy Police Dept., grabbed a Ruger handgun and went outside to confront Durham, the intruder.


Durham, 34, who had been using methamphetamine for at least five months leading up to the attack, disarmed Frazier and shot him with his own gun.


“He chose to snort and smoke methamphetamine for months, and that extremely addictive drug fueled the paranoia that led him to Mr. Frazier’s house,” Assistant District Attorney Gilbert Sawtelle said.


“And now a stand-up citizen who wore many hats and dedicated his life to others is dead and another man is headed to prison for decades.”


Durham was convicted of murder following a seven-day trial. He was sentenced Tuesday by a jury.


The case was investigated by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office