Ex-college soccer participant will get 25 years previous for homicide in north Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas – A former McMurry University football player in West Texas was sentenced to 25 years in prison for his role in the shooting of a Fort Worth man.

Tarrant County prosecutors said a judge sentenced 23-year-old Brodrick “BJ” Ross Tuesday after Ross, a former quarterback from NCAA Division III University in Abilene, pleaded guilty to the murder.

Chris-Dion Russell, 29, was robbed and killed at his Fort Worth apartment in January 2017. Ross and two other McMurry football players were accused of stealing marijuana from Russell’s apartment.

Dontrell Dock, a former McMurry running back, had previously been sentenced to life in prison for murder. A grand jury declined to indict the third player.

Prosecutors said Tarrant County Judge Wayne Salvant said that when he convicted Ross, he believed that nearly two dozen letters of support were filed on Ross’s behalf and that he came from a good family.

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