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Appeals court restores death sentence for death of family member

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{ HOUSTON (AP) — On Monday, a federal appeals court restored the death sentence of a bank robber convicted of murdering a close friend, his friend's fiancée and three children.

In a 32-page opinion, his three-member jury of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that if the state did not review his Prible within six months of him, Ronald Overturned a lower court decision to release Jeffery Prible Jr. The panel ruled that Pribble had not raised a compelling issue to discredit his convictions and judgment.

Pribble was sentenced to death for the murder of Esteban “Steve” Herrera. Herrera's fiancée, Nilda Tirado. Tirado's 7-year-old daughter Rachel Elizabeth Campian. Herrera's seven-year-old daughter Valerie.

According to the two-week trial testimony, Pribble shot and raped Herrera, shot Tirad, and then set her body on fire to hide evidence of her DNA. Children died from smoke inhalation from the resulting fire.

Herrera was said to be Pribble's best friend and accomplice in crime, and she allegedly robbed a bank in Pribble and used the money to buy and sell drugs. Men wanted to make enough money to open a topless club.

But prosecutors attacked Herrera after Pribble accused her of stealing $250,000 from her said.