John Stanton Beasley (Jail photo)
KILLEEN (May 20, 2013)-A Killeen man who was just sentenced in April after he was convicted of a murder pleaded guilty Tuesday morning to a second murder that was a part of the same event.
John Stanton Beasley was sentenced in 426th District Court to serve 15 years for the murder of James Carl Broland, 33.
Beasley was convicted April 4 of the murder of Tamojeane Kehaulani Tambakis, 39, and was sentenced to 15 years in state prison.
The judge on Tuesday ordered both sentences to be served concurrently so Beasley could be eligible for parole after serving half of that time.
Broland and Tambakis both were passengers in a Chevrolet Tahoe that Beasley was driving as he tried to elude police on April 14, 2012 near downtown Killeen.
A Bell County Assistant District Attorney on Monday said the conviction was only for the Tambakis murder and the plea Tuesday is in the Broland case.
The pursuing officers said Beasley ran a red light and several stop signs before he lost control of the Tahoe as he tried to turn from College Street onto Church Avenue.
The Tahoe flew into the air and was nearly sliced in half by a utility pole, after which it rolled several times and came to rest on its roof.
Beasley and another front seat passenger survived the crash.