GRAYSON COUNTY, Tex. (KXII) - A Denison man who police say fatally shot a man in the face last year pleaded guilty to manslaughter Monday.
Brandon Jeffery was indicted on manslaughter and murder charges for the shooting last May.
Police say Jeffery pointed a gun at Devin Owens inside a car outside Tupelo Honey Bar and Grill in Denison, claiming he thought the gun was unloaded, and ran away after the shooting.
Devin Owens' mother says he was athletic, funny, and loved his family more than anything.
She said she's one step closer to justice for her son, now that Jeffery is in jail, waiting to be sentenced for killing him.
"We've been on an emotional roller coaster since the night Devin was shot."
Stefanie and Rick Pellman have been waiting for this day for the past year and a half.
Jeffery pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of their 25-year-old son Devin Owens.
"We're okay with the manslaughter charge," she said. "We're more focused on the years of punishment and the amount of time he gets."
Jeffery also faced a murder charge which was dropped and prosecutors won't elaborate on why.
"His bond was revoked, so now he will spend the holidays in jail awaiting sentencing," Stefanie said.
Last May, Jeffery shot Owens in the face in the Tupelo Honey Bar parking lot in Denison with a stolen handgun.
Owens died after four days in the hospital.
Jeffery maintains it was an accident.
"Waiting for justice, and today we finally got it. We're happy about that," his mother said.
The Pellmans said their 25-year-old son loved playing sports and was an amazing father to his three young children.
"He was very athletic, handsome, had beautiful children, the class clown."
"He just joked, played tricks on everybody," Rick said. "All around a very good kid."
They keep his memory alive in their Pottsboro home by hanging his stocking, and had a photo painted depicting Owens in heaven.
"It represents Devin's first day in heaven. I wanna think he was greeted by Jesus when he passed away," Stefanie said. "I told him, run home and don't stop, and he did."
She said she is grateful to her friends and the DA's office for their support.
"Had a good heart, full of life, and it ended too soon," she said.
His sentencing is set for January, where he faces up to 20 years behind bars.