District Judge Bill Old on Apr. 1 sentenced Kayla Hurd of Eagle Lake to a 20-year prison sentence for the charge of murder.
Hurd also received a sentence of 12 months in county jail for the charge of possession of a controlled substance.
According to a release from the Colorado County Sheriff’s Office, the charge comes from an incident on June 16, 2019, where Sheriff’s Deputies responded to an early afternoon crash at Highway 90 and FM 102 in Alleyton, about four miles east of Columbus.
The driver of the vehicle advised she had been robbed. Information received at that crash site led to authorities discovering another crash nearby on Taylor Street.
The vehicle on Taylor Street was on fire, and had driven off the roadway into a wooded area.
While extinguishing the fire, Columbus volunteer firefighters found the body of a male, later identified as 27-year-old Joshua Wayne Thomas of Columbus.
A report from the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office determined the cause of death was a gunshot wound, and the manner of death was homicide.
“During the investigation, evidence was recovered that was sufficient to support criminal charges in connection with the death of Thomas,” a CCSO official wrote in a statement to The Citizen in 2019.