KILLEEN (July 31, 2013)—Sentencing is pending for a former soldier accused of killing another soldier outside a Killeen restaurant 2011 who abruptly pleaded guilty while his trial was underway in district court in Belton.
Michael Fitzgerald Reese, 31, pleaded guilty Tuesday to murder in in the April 2, 2011 shooting death of Justin Sheldon Richardson outside the Denny's Restaurant in the 1100 block of South Fort Hood Street, where the two men were seen arguing in the parking lot.
He’ll be sentenced on Sept. 16.
Police found Richardson lying in the parking lot after they responded there on reports of shots fired.
Autopsy results showed Richardson died from two gunshot wounds to the chest.
Reese was later arrested at the Killeen Police Headquarters and charged in Richardson's murder.
Richardson was a specialist who had been assigned to Company A, 15th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division since September 2010.
He joined the Army in December 2005 and deployed to Iraq from January 2008 to January 2009.