Larry Irvin’s friends and family have mostly forgiven Preston Browne for shooting Irvin to death on May 20, 2017. But they’ll never forget — and they want to know why.
Those were among the words Irvin’s mother, Teresa Closs, spoke to the 26-year-old Browne after Browne took a plea bargain in a crowded courtroom that sends him to prison for 35 years.
Browne pleaded guilty to murder in exchange for the 35-year sentence. District Judge Steve Ellis approved the plea bargain negotiated between the district attorney’s office and defense attorney Tommy Adams.
Family members of both Browne and Irvin were in the courtroom as First Assistant District Attorney Chris Brown announced the plea bargain.
Browne shot Irvin in the head with a shotgun after arriving at 304 N. Greenleaf, near the Brownwood Coliseum, where where Irvin, 27, was inside with other individuals.
Ellis asked if any of Irvin’s family members wanted to address Browne, and Closs stepped forward. Closs described her son as a man of his word who has a daughter, planned to be married, was a man of his word and loved animals.
“You took his life … we just want to know why you murdered him,” Closs told Browne.
Closs said her son’s favorite holiday was Christmas, and she quoted a Bible verse. “We believe Larry was saved and baptized,” Closs said.
She said her son’s organs were donated after his death. “Soon we will meet these people,” Closs said. “May my son rest in peace.”
As deputies escorted Browne out of the courtroom, Browne’s family members called out to him.