Livingston man agrees to 18-year prison sentence in death of homeless man

Livingston man agrees to 18-year prison sentence in death of homeless man
Delvin Lloyd King (Source: Polk County Jail)

LIVINGSTON, TX (KTRE) - A Livingston man has pleaded guilty for his part in the shooting death of a homeless man in June 2017.

District clerk records show Delvin Lloyd King, 53, pleaded guilty on Wednesday and accepted an 18-year prison sentence.

KTRE has reached out to the district attorney's office for comment.

According to a previous story, the investigation started on June 12 when the Polk County Sheriff's Office learned from a witness that John Paul Rials, 26, was murdered by King and Ryan Allen, 23.

According to a previous report, detectives learned of an altercation between King and Rials in Livingston. King said he and Allen picked up Rials at a store in Livingston, drove him to a wooded area, walked him into the woods and shot him several times with a .22-caliber rifle.

Rials' body was found on June 13 and the rifle was located somewhere else.

According to court records, Allen pleaded guilty on May 15 and accepted a 16-year prison sentence.

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