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Texas Campground Killer Gets Life in Prison Sentence

September 18, 2009 by   - () Leave a Comment

Dario Acevedo was sentenced Monday (Sept. 14) to life in prison for the 2005 shooting death of Jeffery Donofrio at the Cascade Caverns RV Park near Boerne, Texas.

Texas 216th District Judge Keith Williams handed down the maximum sentence at a hearing in Fredericksburg. Acevedo is also currently serving a 25-year sentence for slashing a family member with a box knife in Bexar County a month after Donofrio’s murder, according to The Boerne Star.

Acevedo, 31, was found guilty following a three-day trial last week in Kendall County after an appellate court overturned his 2005 murder conviction. Assistant District Attorney Lucy Wilke called most of the same witnesses who testified four years ago that Acevedo shot and killed Donofrio on March 19, 2005, while the two had been working at the RV park.

Donofrio had moved from Florida and had been working with Acevedo at resort for only two weeks before the shooting.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Defense attorney Jimmy Parks Jr. argued at trial that Acevedo had dropped the handgun causing it to fire accidentally.

Acevedo was arrested that day but released on bond 11 days later after his bail was reduced from $750,000 to $150,000.

He was arrested again April 18 in Bexar County for attacking a relative and slashing her throat with a box cutter.

Acevedo had elected to be sentenced by the judge rather than by a jury.

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