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Fierro sentenced to 40 years for man's death in northwest Lubbock
A loving husband and father. One of the world's greatest men, stolen in an unnecessary act of violence. This is how family members describe Robert Dendy, shot and killed last summer defending a neighbor's home from burglars.
A jury convicted and sentenced a man Monday for Dendy's murder.
Lubbock jury ordered Ivan Fierro to spend 40 years in prison after convicting him on the murder charge. He planned the heist near Auburn and Toledo in northwest Lubbock, intending to steal a safe, Xanax, money and a rifle. He gave a 14-year-old a gun and drove him and another man to the house.
Someone chased Fierro off in a vehicle; he was not there for Dendy's death.
Dendy heard the commotion next door, took his gun and went to investigate. When he confronted the burglars, prosecutors say the teen shot Dendy with the gun Fierro provided him.
Assistant District Attorney Barron Slack said even though Fierro wasn't there, he knew every detail and had as much vision for the murder and anyone else could have.
Fierro's attorney said he will likely appeal.
Kyi Baker, who testified against Fierro, is awaiting his trial. He is also charged with murder. Court records show he confessed to the crime.
Baker's arrest warrant shows the 14-year-old admitted he shot Dendy while Baker ran. If convicted, Baker faces up to life in prison with the possibility for parole.