Selma man sentenced to 20 years for 2018 murder

Published 8:06 am Thursday, September 8, 2022

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A Selma man was sentenced to 20 years in prison for a murder committed in 2018.

According to Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson, Jalen Furlow, 24, was sentenced for the murder of Leon Sanders on July 14, 2018.

Furlow was sentenced by Dallas County Circuit Court Judge Marvin Wiggins, who ordered a pre-sentence investigation and report earlier this summer.

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Selma Investigators say the two got into a fight near First Avenue and Lauderdale Street when Furlow pulled a gun and shot Sanders in the throat. He was pronounced dead at Vaughan Regional Medical Center.

Furlow had a previous arrest record in Dallas County.

In January 2018, Furlow was charged with second-degree unlawful possession of marijuana, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, carrying a concealed weapon without a permit and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

Jackson said that he’s glad that Sanders’ family can finally move on.

“Given the amount of misery he has caused on the streets, we would have liked the Judge to have sentenced him to more time, but at least he will be off the streets a long time and the victim’s family can rest a little easier,” Jackson said.