Port Arthur man found guilty following 2022 Beaumont killing

Published 7:23 pm Thursday, April 11, 2024

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BEAUMONT — A 24-year-old Port Arthur man was found guilty in 2022 killing of Richard Shillow, 31.

The jury began deliberating the sentence for Ronald Babino Thursday afternoon. The case is being heard in the 252nd District Court under Judge Raquel West.

The fatal shooting occurred March 27, 2022 at 2250 W. Virginia in Beaumont.

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Babino who was one of five people arrested in connection with the Beaumont homicide was indicted in June of 2022 by a Jefferson County grand jury.

Babino was charged with murder.

Shillow’s death occurred in the 2200 block of West Virginia Street in Beaumont at 7:28 p.m.

Security footage obtained near the area show two men approaching the victim in his parked vehicle, opening the passenger door and firing at least one round, the documents say.

At approximately 11:30 p.m. the same day, a Beaumont police officer was flagged down at a gas station in the 3000 block of West Cardinal Drive in reference to an auto theft.

Surveillance video from that crime reportedly showed the same vehicle and suspects involved in Shillow’s shooting.

The theft victim was able to track the vehicle, and officers located it in the area of The Avenues. A brief vehicle chase occurred before the driver stopped at The Woodlands of Beaumont apartment complex and five men fled on foot, the documents say.

With the assistance of a K-9, five suspects were arrested.