Man pleads guilty, gets 25 years in 2016 beating death of elderly Del Valle man

Clifton Wade

AUSTIN (KXAN) — One of the three defendants in the brutal 2016 beating death of an elderly Del Valle man pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 25 years in prison. 

Clifton Wade negotiated a plea deal for his part in the death of 68-year-old Lee King in May 2016, according to the Travis County District Clerk’s office. Wade’s trial was supposed to Monday but due to the plea deal, he went straight to sentencing. 

On the night of King’s death, police responded to Plains Crest Drive home after a home burglary panic button was pressed. Police found Wade, his face covered in blood, at the home. At the time, he told police that King had been beaten and identified the suspect as Reginald Wright. 

Police initially took Wright into custody and later took Wade and a third suspect, Chelsea Wilhelm, into custody in connection with the crime. 

Wright told detectives he cooked meth and a poison that he injected King with multiple times between his toes and on his neck as he held him down. 

Wilhelm and Wright each faced a capital murder by terror threat charge and both are still listed as being in custody in the Travis County Jail. 

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