Murder defendant who slipped ankle monitor formally sentenced to 50 years

SAN ANTONIO - A fugitive who slipped an ankle monitor last August while awaiting a verdict for his part in a 2014 murder, was formally sentenced to 50 years in prison Friday morning.

Kerry Gittens, 26, was found guilty of murder on August 26 in the murder of Antwan Jones, 30, who was killed in November 2014. Gittens was sentenced in absentia to 50 years in prison back on September 28, 2016. Gittens was sentenced despite being absent as a fugitive after slipping his ankle monitor back August.

According to authorities with pre-trial services, Gittens was on a lunch break when he slipped out of his ankle monitor and took off. "Once he messed with his GPS monitor pretrial services had a tamper alert and they've issued a warrant for his arrest," said Laura Jesse, Bexar County PIO.

Authorities said Gittens was captured in a hotel in Katy, TX, on February 27 and was being transported back to San Antonio to serve his sentence.

A second suspect, 25-year-old Tyree Byrd fled San Antonio following the murder. He was found by authorities in Ohio in April 2015 and extradited back to Texas.

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