Justice for a cold case murder in Cooke Co. 13 years later

Published: Nov. 13, 2019 at 10:27 PM CST
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A man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison 13 years after a teenager was shot and killed in Cooke County.

District Attorney John Warren took another look at the case after taking office in 2018. Within months, they were able to indict Jimmy Ray Ellis for the 2006 drive-by shooting.

Ellis was found guilty in November and sentenced to 40 years in prison.

Prosecutors say Ellis shot into a Gainesville home 10 times, hitting Reymundo Torres, 16, in the head with a bullet.

Warren says the case was gang-related. Ellis was a member of the Nortenos and Torres a member of the Surenos.

Warren says he can't speak for former elected officials on the delay in solving the case.

"I believe that law enforcement did a great job investigating this case in 2006. We were able to bring them back 13 years late. They helped us prepare this case," Warren said.

Three other men have been indicted in the case and are still awaiting trial.

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