Man pleads guilty in 2018 apartment shooting sentenced to 12 years in prison


AUSTIN (KXAN) — The man who admitted to shooting and killing a 20-year-old at an east Austin apartment complex in 2018 has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Varnard Caldwell, 26, recently pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 12 years for the March 2018 murder of Damarcio V. White at the Reserve at Springdale Apartments in east Austin. 

According to Caldwell’s arrest warrant, he and White had had a physical fight behind the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless earlier in the morning. According to police, the fight was captured on video and posted to Snapchat. When later viewing the video, an officer said it showed a “one-sided physical beat-down” of Caldwell by White.

The officer believed that Caldwell had expressed threats of retaliation for the incident via Facebook and according to the affidavit, Caldwell was asking about White’s whereabouts later that morning, shortly before he is said to have pulled into the parking lot of apartment complex wearing all-black clothing the affidavit said was meant to disguise himself and shot White with a 9mm handgun.

According to a witness, the fight broke out over a game of dice.

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