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Stephenville man gets 40 years for murder

By Shenna Stout, sstout@ktxs.com
Published On: Oct 24 2012 08:12:54 AM CDT

BROWNWOOD, Texas -

Rene Pinon, 33, was sentenced to 40 years in prison Tuesday morning for the murder of 45-year-old Eddie Lopez.

According to Early Police Chief David Mercer, Pinon shot Lopez on March 12 outside Early Donuts.

Mercer said Lopez was shot with a .40 caliber handgun six times as he sat in his SUV.

The same day of the shooting, Pinon turned himself in to the Brown County Law Enforcement Center.

Lopez owned a body shop and a night club in Brownwood.

Pinon was living in Stephenville and worked at the Kohler plant in Brownwood at the time of the murder.

Mercer said Pinon also has an ex-wife and kids living in Brownwood.

According to Mercer, Pinon and Lopez had an ongoing dispute involving money.