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Teen pleads guilty to Army vet's murder

Investigators: Pair met earlier in evening

SAN ANTONIO – The body of Army veteran George Izer, 59, was found inside his Nacogdoches Road apartment on April 4, 2011. 

Police found a video tape depicting homosexual activity playing in the apartment and a trail of blood outside leading to the apartment of Seth Yates.

On Monday, Yates, 16, plead guilty to Izer's murder and, as part of a plea agreement, was sentenced to twenty years in prison.

Yates, who was certified last fall to be tried as an adult, was sentenced by 289th District Court Judge Carmen Kelsey, who retained jurisdiction over the case following the certification.

According to Bexar County Juvenile Section Chief Jill Mata, the teen went willingly to the victim's apartment after the pair met at a nearby convenience store.

"We have it captured on tape that they met at a convenience store and walked off together," Mata said. "It appears that there was going to be some sexual activity. At that point, the defendant (Yates) ended up stabbing the victim."

Yate's lawyer, John P. Young, said that initially his client suggested the stabbing was in self-defense.

"This gentleman was attempting to molest him and he freaked out and he grabbed a knife that he had in his belt and tried to defend himself with it," Young said.

He said that self-defense would have not been a viable defense option since Izer was stabbed more than 100 times.

Kelsey made an affirmative finding that Yate's knife was a deadly weapon, which means that he must serve half of his sentence before he is eligible for parole.


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