SAN ANTONIO, TX – A 2016 burglary gone wrong is finally being put to rest. In a previous scheme to steal marijuana that turned to murder, recent guilty pleas of four out of six accused suspects were announced. This caused a reemergence of the case in court on Sunday.
Previously, all six subjects were charged with aggravated murder. Two 20-year-old suspects, Jai Lynn Jamal Arnold, and Jason Marino both pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of murder. Meanwhile, Gabby Nicole Brightman (20) and Jamarr Harrison-McNeil (25) both pleaded guilty to capital robbery. Ethan Yoast, who is also 20, had his trial moved to another date. The final suspect who is a juvenile was also charged in the incident but was not immediately present.
On October 9, 2016, this group’s original plot was to steal marijuana from two brothers at the PURE apartment complex. The minor of the group knew where these two older men sold drugs, and the group capitalized on it. The plan was to take what they could and leave, but the plan soured and turned to murder.
The group’s intentions were clear. The juvenile and Brightman, both admitted to spray-painting the security cameras before entering the apartment. Arnold, Marino, Yoast, and Harrison-McNeil were all covering their faces.
Four men were inside the apartment when Arnold, Marion, Harrison-McNeil, and Yoast rushed the door.
One of the men inside the apartment was on the balcony and out of sight of the four burglars. This man heard demands for drugs before he heard shots fired. This man scaled down the apartment as the shooting occurred. In doing so, he recognized the group leaving and identified the minor as a friend of Brightman’s.
At one attempt of pushing the men back, Milton Ray Miles, 37, gave up and laid on the ground. After a small scrimmage with a pistol whip, the two other men were on the floor as well.
Yoast and Arnold both shot their weapons as they left. Yoast shot one bullet, while Arnold shot two bullets.
While laying on the floor, Miles was shot twice. The wounds to his back were fatal. Deputies later stated that it was his attempt to stand that resulted in the fatality.
Arrested the next day, both Marino and Yoast identified the remainder of the group.
Sentencing for Marino and Arnold will occur Dec 27 in the 27th District Court. In the meantime, Harrison-McNeil and Brightman’s sentencing will take place on Jan. 22.