Two charged in deadly Waco home invasion shooting plead guilty

Cierra McKenzie Barber and Garrett Gage. (Jail photos)
Cierra McKenzie Barber and Garrett Gage. (Jail photos)(KWTX)
Published: May. 23, 2017 at 11:43 AM CDT
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A man and a woman who were originally charged with capital murder in a deadly home invasion shooting in 2015 near the Baylor campus are headed to prison after pleading guilty to lesser offenses Tuesday.

Garrett Gage, 19, and Cierra McKenzie Barber, 22, were charged in connection with the February 2015 incident that left Braeden Freeman, 20, of Waco, and Keith William McClure, 19, of Temple, dead.

Gage was injured by gunfire during the robbery.

They both pleaded guilty Tuesday to the lesser offense of aggravated robbery.

Barber was sentenced to 30 years in prison and Gage received a 40-year sentence.

In December, Gage refused a plea deal in the case.

Police say Barber drove Gage and McClure to the target apartment in the 1900 block of South 16th Street on the night of the crime.

Gage was arrested several blocks away from the apartment at 1900 South 16th Street after gunfire erupted during what police said what an attempted robbery at around 10:15 p.m. on Feb. 3, 2015.

Eight people were inside the apartment when two armed suspects forced their way in, police said.

One of the other residents then picked up a rifle that was in the apartment and shot at both of the robbers, police said.

The two suspects fled, but Keith William McClure, 19, of Temple, was struck by the gunfire, collapsed in the parking lot and later died.

McClure was the suspect who police first thought fired the shot that killed Freeman, but later said both he and Freeman were struck by shots fired by the occupant with the rifle, who, authorities said, was acting in self-defense.

Drugs were evidently the target in the robbery, police said.

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