HOUSTON, Texas – The manager of a gentleman’s club on the Gulf Freeway and two employees have pleaded guilty to their roles in the fatal shooting of a 31-year-old Army veteran in the restroom of the club in 2017.
The trio worked together to clean up the crime scene, put the victim’s body in his own car, drive it to La Marque and set it on fire with the body inside to destroy the evidence, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced Saturday.
“This may have been an impulsive crime, but these three people have been brought to justice after going to great lengths to conceal their actions,” Ogg said. “Our partners in law enforcement did an amazing job of piecing together what happened and securing charges against those who were responsible. We hope this bring some closure to the victim’s family”
Brandon P. Lancelin, 31, was shot in the bathroom at the Erotic City nightclub at 8926 Gulf Freeway about 2:30 a.m. on February 17, 2017.
His body was then placed in the backseat of his red Ford Explorer, which was driven to 5600 Mitchell Lane in La Marque (24 miles away) and the SUV was set on fire. Police and firefighters responded about 6:30 a.m.
When investigators learned that the SUV belonged to Lancelin, and Lancelin’s body was found in the backseat, friends and witnesses said he was last seen at the gentleman’s club. Houston police investigators questioned the manager, Milton Carlos Segura, who gave a statement regarding the shooting. Witnesses stated that Segura was jealous that his girlfriend, an employee at the club named Priscilla Ashley Castellano, was paying a lot of attention to Lancelin.
Witnesses told police Segura shot Lancelin in the restroom after closing time. Castellano cleaned up the crime scene and Eleazar Leon, who worked at the club, helped put the body in the SUV and burn it.
Earlier this month, Segura, 39, pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced to 35 years in prison.
On Friday, Castellano, 31, and Leon, 30, pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence. Castellano was sentenced to three years in prison. Leon was sentenced to eight years of deferred adjudication probation.
Assistant District Attorney Lisa Calligan, of the Major Offenders Division, prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the Houston Police Department.
“Brandon Lancelin was an innocent victim and an Army veteran who was killed simply because he was friendly to the wrong people,” Calligan said.
Harris County police are investigating a shooting at a Houston apartment complex that left two teens dead and another injured.
The shooting happened Friday night around 10:40 p.m. on the 300 block of Airtex Drive when officers responded to a shooting call.
Upon arrival they found 3 males suffering from gunshot wounds. All three males were transported to an area hospital where two of the males succumbed to their injuries. They were 17 years old. The third victim is expected to survive.
During the preliminary investigation officers learned that multiple people were in the parking lot when numerous shots were fired.
A Listeria outbreak has now infected 23 people throughout in 10 various states. One person from Illinois has died as a result. All but one of the individuals had to be hospitalized, states the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
The agency reported that Listeria is a sickness that usually affects pregnant women, newborns, other adults, and people with weakened immune systems. It is unusual for those who aren’t in one of these groups to get the illness. To add, antibiotics are used if a person is infected.
Symptoms are different, depending on the person and where they have been affected in their body. A small percentage of cases can lead to a fever or diarrhea.
For those with severe cases, they may experience invasive listeriosis which means bacteria extends pass the gut. If a woman is pregnant, she may experience muscle aches and fatigue. Headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions are also symptoms.
Although it usually doesn’t cause major symptoms in pregnant women, Listeria can cause fetuses and newborn babies to become very sick. It can result in miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery, or life-threatening infection in a newborn.
During the recent outbreak, five pregnant women became ill and suffered a miscarriage.
For people who are 65 or older, they could develop an infection in the bloodstream or brain. They may also experience problems with their joints, bones, chest, and abdomen.
Listeria outbreaks are almost always related to food contamination products. The CDC hasn’t validated where the outbreak started. However, almost all of the people who had gotten sick reside in or had gone to Florida about a month prior to becoming ill. It’s uncertain if that is a coincidence.
35-year-old Andrew Charles Beard, from Rowlett, Texas, cyberstalked, shot, and fatally stabbed his ex-girlfriend. It occurred as the two were going through a custody battle.
Last week, Beard pleaded guilty to two violent federal crimes. He had been charged with cyberstalking using a dangerous weapon resulting in death and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence.
Beard will receive his punishment on October 6 and could receive two life sentences.
Authorities say that he admitted to stalking and killing his ex-girlfriend, Alyssa Burkett, 24. It happened in a parking lot in Carrollton on October 2, 2020. Beard wanted to have custody of the couple’s daughter who was a 1-year-old at the time.
Beard confessed to placing a GPS tracker inside of Burkett’s vehicle. He then trailed her to her apartment where he shot her in the head.
Burkett was able to get to a parking lot that was nearby. However, Beard found her and stabbed her 13 times.
Burkett’s mother and colleagues informed authorities that she had been scared of Beard. She was worried that he had been following her and felt like he may kill her. Burkett’s boyfriend added that Beard seemed to be “overly obsessed” with Burkett and their daughter.
“This was a brutal, bloody crime. Ms. Burkett’s daughter is now suffering twin tragedies. Her mother is deceased, and her father is an admitted murderer. We pray for strength for this child and the rest of her family…” said U.S. Attorney Chad Meacham.