Man gets 50 years for “bad vibe” shooting


A man who said he had shot and killed a man because he got a “bad vibe” about him has been sentenced to fifty years in prison. 

He will have to serve a minimum of 25 years before becoming eligible for parole

Bobby Whitehead had entered a guilty plea to murder charges earlier this month after working out a deal with prosecutors to cap his sentence at fifty years.  Whitehead must also pay $50,000 in restitution and cannot appeal the sentence.

Whitehead had been accused of the November 2017 shooting death of Michael Paradise at a home on Julia Drive in Copperas Cove.

Investigators say Whitehead told another person he saw Paradise by his children, and got a “bad vibe” about him – and that he knocked on Paradise’s front door and shot him in the head, thinking he was a child molester.

Coryell County prosecutors say the ” bad vibe” was totally in his mind,  that Paradise was a completely clean, well liked man who was respected by his neighbors and friends and a veteran.

Prosecutors say he had been earlier in a confrontation with Paradise who had honked his horn as a signal to get his son to come home,  but had appeared to have come away on friendly terms from the incident.

They also say alcohol may have played a part in the shooting.

Whitehead had been arrested by Travis County deputies and brought back to Coryell County to face charges.

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