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Former East Texas Cop Sentenced For Capital Murder



Risner Bell County Jail
Bell County Jail

A former law enforcement officer who worked for several East Texas agencies  has been sentenced for the 2014 killing of Little River-Academy police Chief Lee Dixon. Jurors in Belton were deadlocked on whether 59 year old David Gene Risner deserved the death penalty or life in prison without possibility of parole. A judge then sentenced him to life behind bars. Risner formerly was a police officer in Edgewood, Gun Barrel City and Grand Saline, plus worked for the Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office.