Area man who killed neighbor over ‘bad vibe’ sentenced

Bobby Whitehead. (Jail photo)
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GATESVILLE, Texas (KWTX) A Central Texas who pleaded guilty to murder earlier this month in a deadly shooting on Nov. 17, 2017 in a neighborhood just outside of Copperas Cove is facing a long prison sentence.

Bobby Whitehead, who told investigators “he didn’t get a good vibe” from the victim, was sentenced Monday to 50 years in prison and ordered to pay $50,000 in restitution, Coryell County District Attorney Dusty Boyd said Tuesday.

He has to serve at least 25 years before he's eligible for parole.

Whitehead was charged in the shooting death of Michael Steven Paradise, 31, who was gunned down after answering a knock on the door at his home on Julia Drive.

Coryell County deputies arrested Whitehead after receiving information from a confidential informant who told investigators that Whitehead told him he was driving to his ex-wife’s house when he saw Paradise near his children “and got a bad vibe,” authorities said.

Residents said Paradise was at home with his son when the shooting happened.

The boy was not hurt.

"During the sentencing phase of the trial it was well established that there was absolutely no basis to have a 'bad vibe' from Michael," Boyd said.

"Testimony and evidence supported that Michael was a loving and caring husband, father, and and brother with no history of inappropriate or illegal behavior," he said.

"In fact quite the opposite," he said.

"He loved and adored children."

Whitehead has remained in the Coryell County Jail since his arrest in lieu of bonds totaling more than $1 million.