UTSA student pleads guilty to killing tow truck driver - San Antonio Express-News: "A former University of Texas at San Antonio graduate student whose sanity came into question after a deadly crime spree in which he claimed to be a movie villain has pleaded no contest to murder.
Jason Miears, 23, was set to go to trial this week for the slaying of tow truck driver Jose Fernandez, 29, who was shot multiple times in March 2009 while patrolling the parking lot outside the Outpost, a UTSA Boulevard apartment complex where Miears lived.
Miears was also accused of robbing IBC Bank and neighbors during the spree, as well as shooting at a neighbor. During an anonymous 911 call after the Fernandez shooting, police said Miears claimed to be Ben Wade, a villain in the western “3:10 to Yuma.”
In exchange for his plea on Thursday, prosecutors agreed to ask state District Judge Ron Rangel for no more than 50 years in prison during Miears' sentencing hearing in July."