Jan. 6 – A 25-year-old Moore man convicted of his father’s murder will spend the rest of his life in prison, a judge ruled Friday.
Cleveland County District Judge Michael Tupper followed a jury’s recommendation and sentenced Jacob Allen Barber, 25, to life without the possibility of parole as punishment for killing Glenn Barber, 48.
Glenn Barber was the former youth pastor of First Moore Baptist Church.
Tupper called the case “a real tragedy.”
“The jury has spoken clearly in this case,” he said. “They had an option to do a little less in this case given the evidence they heard, and they were very deliberate in that sense.”
A jury found Barber guilty in September of stabbing his father to death in the summer of 2019. He was arrested near Sanger, Texas, and returned to the Cleveland County Detention Center.
Court records showed that the father and son “argued daily and had a volatile relationship”.
“The suspect has been to several psychiatric facilities, but refuses to take his prescribed medications,” a detective wrote in a court statement.
After a seven-day trial, the jurors unanimously voted for a life sentence without the possibility of parole and a $10,000 fine.
The trial was delayed several times due to the pandemic and for mental evaluations. Much of the testimony at the trial centered on Barber’s mental state.
But lead prosecutor Abby Nathan argued that Barber’s actions were premeditated.
“It is important to show the circumstances and the manner of this murder,” she told the jurors. “It is our duty and honor to the jury to do this.”
Two family members attended the hearing on Friday, but neither spoke in court. The defendant also refused to speak.
“We know there is nothing anyone can do to change what happened, but we believe that the inter-agency collaboration to bring justice to the victim, Glen Barber, will honor Mr Barber’s memory,” Nathan said in a statement. statement. following the hearing.
“During the trial, there was one common ground between the testimonies of Mr. Barber’s family and friends. They all said he was an incredible person. We hope to honor and remember Mr. Glen Barber in that way, as the incredible person he was. used to be.”