Man Sentenced to Back to Back Life Sentences for Beating Odessa Woman to Death

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - Kidnapped, beaten and robbed.

After almost four years, an Odessa taxicab driver finally gets justice.

An Ector County jury handed out back to back life sentences for 32-year-old Rickey Dalbert.

Dalbert plead guilty to nearly beating a woman taxi cab driver to death back in January of 2005.

District Attorney Bobby Bland says Dalbert and another man, Cedrick Taylor, called a cab and asked to go to Washington and Pearl.

Once there, the men beat up the cab driver, forced her into the back seat, then took off in her cab.

"Doctors testified that she was within an hour of dying. This is just another example of an Ector Co. jury using maximum sentences," District Attorney Bobby Bland, said.

Cedrick Taylor was also sentenced to back to back life sentences two years ago for his part in the crime.