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Teen Found Guilty and Sentenced to 55 Years in Prison for Murder in Denton County

Anshawn Phiffer

Anshawn Phiffer, who was 17 years old at the time of the incident, has been found guilty of murder for the shooting death of Curtis Stevenson on March 19, 2022. The verdict was delivered by a Denton County jury on Friday, August 18, 2023. Following the guilty verdict, Phiffer was sentenced to 55 years in prison on Monday evening.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Rachel Nichols and Michelle Lowery on behalf of the State. They were assisted by DA Investigator Richard Duggan and Victim Intervention Specialist Amber Dunn. Detective Hunter Gay of the Denton Police Department conducted the investigation into the shooting.

Curtis Stevenson, 24 years old at the time of his death, was found with multiple gunshot wounds in the 1300 block of West Oak Street. Despite receiving medical attention, he was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital. The diligent efforts of law enforcement led to the gathering of evidence, including surveillance videos, witness interviews, and anonymous tips. An arrest warrant for Phiffer was obtained, and he was taken into custody two days after the shooting.


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