Less than two weeks after a Comanche man was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Glenn Bundy, 74, an accomplice in the string of burglaries that led to the former pastor’s death pleaded guilty in the 220th Judicial District Court in Comanche County.
According to Assistant District Attorney Troy Walker, Edward Duane Ray, Jr., 22, was given four 20-year prison sentences after he pleaded guilty to four counts of burglary of a habitation. Walker said the sentences are set to run concurrently and Ray was also ordered to pay a $10,000 fine plus court costs.
Ray was the state’s key witness in the recent capital murder trial, where Rocky Dee Hidrogo, 27, was found guilty in the pastor’s slaying in early July 2008. Ray said he and Hidrogo burglarized four other residences prior to Bundy’s. The former pastor was killed in the burglary. Ray said Hidrogo entered the slain man’s home alone and carried two guns into the residence. Ray waited outside of Bundy’s rural residence, served as the lookout and drove the getaway car.
Neal Lovin, a friend of Bundy’s, along with a neighbor of the deceased, discovered Bundy’s body at his Comanche County home with a fatal gunshot wound.
Following the crime, Lovin said it was apparent that someone had forced their way into the house, which was ransacked. Cash and guns, including the shotgun which was presented as evidence in the murder trial, were missing from the residence.
Following Hidrogo’s sentencing, Lovin said he and Bundy’s family were satisfied with the verdict and of life sentence without the possibility of parole.
Following Monday’s plea agreement, Lovin said he and the family would have liked to have seen Ray serve more time, but said Ray’s testimony in the murder trial was crucial.
“Without his cooperation in the murder trial, we might not have gotten the guilty verdict against Hidrogo,” Lovin said.
Bundy regularly attended Sunday services at Faith Lutheran Church in Stephenville.