Lufkin man gets 70 years in prison for killing woman on Christmas Eve 2017

Lufkin man gets 70 years in prison for killing woman on Christmas Eve 2017

LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) - A Lufkin man has been sentenced to 70 years for the shooting death of a woman on Christmas Eve back in 2017.

The jury began deliberating in Cedarrius Blake’s sentencing trial Thursday morning and reached their decision by mid-afternoon.

“It’s now a time that we can actually exhale, after a little over 2 years and we honestly feel like justice has been served for Trestan. We prayed about it, left it in God’s hands and God answered," Gray’s mother, Trina King says.

In December 2019, Blake pleaded guilty to murder in the shooting death of Tresten Gray. Angelina County deputies found Gray dead in a car on Tripletree Street in Angelina County on Christmas Eve 2017 after responding to a report of shots fired, according to the Angelina County Sheriff’s Office.

According to the family, they are thankful and are at peace knowing that Trestan’s smile and bright spirit will live on.

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