The McCulloch County jury in the Michael Tarr Murder case has just returned the punishment verdict. The decision was done under the “Sudden Passion” code and he was sentenced to a maximum of 20 years and a $10,000 fine.
Tarr will be eligible for parole in ten years.
The Texas Penal Code 19.02(a)(2) defines sudden passion as “passion directly caused by and arising out of provocation by the individual killed or another acting with the person killed which passion arises at the time of the offense and is not solely the result of former provocation”.
Tarr was found guilty of murdering Jason Allan Cumbe in a two day trial in McCulloch just after midnight on Thursday morning.