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Abilene man sentenced to life for 2010 fatal shooting

By Michelle Frizalone, mfrizalone@ktxs.com
Published On: Jan 30 2013 03:41:41 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 25 2013 05:48:41 PM CST
ABILENE, Texas -

A 35-year-old Abilene man was sentenced Thursday to life in prison for the 2010 murder of another man. Family members have said the death was the result of an argument over $10 of owed drug money.

The sentence came down shortly after 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

Danny Calamaco, 35, received the sentence for the fatal shooting of Steven McCain, 29. McCain was shot in the leg and chest outside of Calamaco's house at the corner of Ambler and Bridge streets.

Testimony in the trial revealed the shooting stemmed from an argument over drug money. Originally the incident was thought to have started over a broken tattoo gun, but recent testimony changed that motive.

Judge John Weeks sentenced Calamaco to life in prison. Calamaco had two prior felony convictions for burglary of a habitation and robbery felony, which resulted in a minimum of 25 years behind bars.

Yllanda Jones, McCain's sister, said she believes justice was served.

"We can grieve, we can deal with it and we can now move on," Jones said.

Calamaco turned himself in to police three days after the shooting. He was indicted in 2011. His trial began Tuesday.

During jury selection, Calamaco insisted on questioning the potential jurors himself and refused to change out of his orange jumpsuit.