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Frazier gets life in prison

Aug. 23, 2004

By ELVIA AGUILAR, city editor

Former Baylor student Ryan James Frazier got life in prison after pleading guilty to stabbing his parents and brother and setting their house on fire to conceal the slayings.

Judge Robert C. Cheshire sentenced Frazier, 20, to two consecutive life sentences in prison for the murder charges and 99 years for arson on May 25, according to Victoria County District Attorney M.P. "Dexter" Eaves.

Eaves said Frazier reached a plea deal that exempted the potential death sentence for the Dec. 13, 2002 murders.

He will not be eligible for parole for 100 years.

Frazier was a Baylor freshman when the bodies of Daniel Frazier, 53; his wife Sally, 50; and son John Michael Frazier, 17; were found in the family's home 12 miles north of Victoria. Two cats and an Australian shepherd named Max also were found stabbed in the burned home.

Despite more than two hours of videotaped interrogation by the Eaves, Frazier's motive remains a mystery, according to a story in The Victoria Advocate.

Victoria County Sheriff said Ryan Frazier was adopted at birth by Daniel and Sally, while John was their natural son.

On March 18, 2002, Frazier pleaded not guilty to a capital murder charge in the 377th District Court. His jury trial date was set for March 29, 2004 with a pretrial date on Dec. 18.