Man Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter, Sentenced to Four Years Behind Bars

Man Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter, Sentenced to Four Years Behind Bars

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

ODESSA – One man has taken a plea deal in connection with the death of another man back in 2013.

Brian Runnels pled guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter in connection with the death of Bryan Young at the LaQuinta Inn on Highway 80 in September of 2013.

Runnels was originally facing murder charges.

According to a press release from the Ector County District Attorney, the facts suggested that Young and another person were shot attempting to rob Runnels while conducting a drug deal.

Bland told NewsWest 9, "This plea was appropriate based on the law of self-defense and the facts in this particular case."