Note: This item is more than nine years old. Please take the publication date into consideration for any date references.

PrintPlain TextPermalink

News Release
General Media Contact:
Business Hours, 512-389-4406

Aug. 1, 2005

Man Gets Life In Prison For Shooting Warden And Killing Another Person

AUSTIN, Texas — In the 47th district Court in Amarillo last week, Seledonio Sanchez Cabrera was sentenced to two life terms for a December shooting that left one person dead and a game warden seriously injured.

Game Warden Billy Hefley was responding to 911 call near the Canadian River about a woman being shot. The suspect pulled out a .38-caliber weapon and shot Hefley in the cheek and arm. The suspect shot and killed one other person before Hefley arrived.

The suspect pleaded guilty to all charges, which were murder and assault on a public servant.

Maj. Mokey McCrary, Hefley’s Regional Director, said “We’re real fortunate he’s still alive. Because of his training and quick response, he survived an encounter most people would have not. He intervened and saved a woman. So yes, we are pleased with the convictions.”

Hefley graduated from the Texas game warden academy in 1988 and has been stationed in Potter County his entire career.

KE 2005-08-01


More Information:


Publication — Permission is granted to publish, in whole or in part, any news releases on this page.


Print — A print-friendly version of the news release shows only the release with font sizes set to the browser default.


Plain Text — Plain text versions of TPWD news releases are provided for copying and pasting into editing software.

To copy text into an editing software:

  • Click a Plain Text link to display the plain text page in your browser.
  • Select all.
  • Copy.
  • Paste in a document in your editing program.

Permalink — This is a direct link to the news release, omitting the navigation context from the URI.


English/Spanish — News releases posted in both English and Spanish have one of these links.


If you have any suggestions for improving these pages, send an e-mail to webtech@tpwd.state.tx.us and mention Plain Text Pages.

Back to Top
Back to Top