Longview Man Going to Prison for Manslaughter

Posted/updated on: September 10, 2013 at 5:34 pm

Byron HoustonLONGVIEW — A Longview man will be going to prison in connection with a shooting death that occurred during a game of Russian roulette on November 17th, 2012. Byron Houston, 30, was indicted on manslaughter charges in the shooting death of Barbara Hudson, 39. She was shot in the back at her home in the 1100 block of North Third Street in Longview. Houston pleaded guilty and was sentenced Monday to 28 years in prison.

Following his arrest, Houston said he leveled his revolver, loaded with only one bullet, at Hudson’s back, spun the cylinder and pulled the trigger, according to the criminal complaint filed by investigators for his arrest. He said it wasn’t the first time he’d played the deadly game and did it because it “made her mad.” Houston was charged with manslaughter in what the Longview Police Department ruled an accidental shooting.

Houston had 17 prior arrests before the fatal shooting. He has been convicted of multiple felonies, most recently serving 18 months for a 2010 convicted of burglary of a building and evading arrest with a prior conviction, according to Gregg County judicial records

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