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Convicted killer of Lamar student described as "a monster" and "the devil"

PHOTO: Hardin County Sheriff's Office PHOTO: Hardin County Sheriff's Office
Brian Wayne Drake (Courtesy: Facebook.com) Brian Wayne Drake (Courtesy: Facebook.com)

A Hardin County man has been sentenced to life in prison and a $10,000 fine in the murder of a Lamar University freshman.

Closing arguments in the punishment phase of Curtis Dewayne Glaze's murder trial began just after 1 p.m. Friday. Deliberation began 23 minutes later.  Jury members stayed behind closed doors for 42 minutes and reached a decision on his punishment.

The trial moved swiftly.  Glaze was found Guilty Wednesday in the November 14, 2012 shooting death of Brian Wayne Drake Jr, 18, of Lumberton.  Testimony took 2 days and jury members returned a guilty verdict in less than an hour.

The jury Friday had to decide a punishment from between 5 to 99 years or life.  Jury members agreed the crime should be punished with a life sentence.

Glaze's attorney asked the jury for mercy saying he is not a monster, "..just a young adult who made a stupid decision that cost someone their life."

Curtis Dewayne Glaze in court during sentencing phase 12/6/2013

Glaze kept his head lowered during the entire proceeding Friday.  His attorney said Glaze is extremely upset and remorseful and pointed out that Glaze's only prior conviction was for possession of marijuana and has no felonies.

Allen Theal, who was in the truck with Drake the night of the murder spoke during the victim's impact segment.

"You're a monster and you destroyed a lot of lives and you got what you deserve," said Theal.

Drake's mother, Carolyn Mitchell, said the tragedy, "has completely changed my life to the point where I don't know it anymore.  I have to find out who I am."

Prosecutors said Curtis Glaze is lucky.  If the other two had been killed he would be facing the death penalty, and if Glaze had his way the stakes would have been much higher.

The DA asked the jury for a life sentence.  A life for a life, saying, "This road warrior type of behavior we don't want in Hardin County."

He called Brian Drake, the victim, a good kid, a good son and a good sibling.

Glaze's wife broke down crying as the verdict was read, saying "I love you, I love you Curtis."

Glaze told his mother to take care of his wife.

Glaze will be eligible for parole in 30 years.

According to 12News file stories, Drake was shot as he was driving along State Highway 326 near Glaze Road in Hardin County.  He and some of his friends were in a pickup when a Dodge Durango began following them.  A gunshot from the Durango struck Drake in the head.

Drake's passengers, Theal and Briana Herring, testified in the trial.

Glaze's cousin Joshua James Glaze is also charged in the crime.  His case has not yet gone to trial.  It's set for January 21st.



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