Gholson man gets 50 years for killing son-in-law

Posted at 2:47 PM, Feb 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-20 15:47:55-05

A Central Texas man was sentenced to 50 years in prison after shooting and killing his son-in-law back on May 8, 2016.

On Monday, Charles Mitchell pleaded guilty to murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the shooting death of 30-year-old Shawn Chudej.

According to the McLennan County Sherrif's Office, the dispute began at a family gathering in Gholson with the men arguing over land. Following the argument, Mitchell returned home, retrieved a shotgun and returned to the party. 

Chudej was shot multiple times in the back as he tried to flee.

McLennan County Sheriff, Parnell McNamara, described the incident as a "total family tragedy."

63-year-old Mitchell will not be eligible for parole for 25 years.

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