Weatherford Democrat

July 28, 2011

Sisk case closed

Man pleads to burglary in murder case

Christin Coyne
Weatherford Democrat

WEATHERFORD — One of two men arrested following the October 2008 murder of Jeremy Sisk over a quarter pound of marijuana pleaded guilty July 21, to burglary of a habitation and received 20 years in prison.

Johnny Preston Reed, 39, was allowed to plead guilty to the burglary charge and receive the maximum sentence for the charge because he cooperated in the murder investigation and provided information to investigators about the incident and shooter, Assistant District Attorney Robert DuBoise said.

The deal was approved by the family, according to DuBoise.

Guy Evan Graves, 37, pleaded guilty last year to murdering Sisk and was given a 40-year sentence.

Reed had fronted the victim’s brother, Christopher Sisk, a quarter pound of marijuana, and he and Graves went back to Christopher Sisk’s apartment to collect the money, and Sisk and the men got into an altercation, according to DuBoise.

Twenty-four-year-old Jeremy Ryan Sisk reportedly came running into his brother’s room when he heard the commotion, according to an earlier Democrat story. Graves shot him a short time later.  

Chris Sisk told the Democrat he heard Reed shout at Graves saying he wasn’t supposed to use the gun.

Sisk said his brother died in the kitchen shortly after saying he loved him.

Jeremy Sisk’s girlfriend reportedly followed the men out the door and obtained a license plate and vehicle description as she dialed 911.

Police reportedly found him dead with a single gunshot wound to the shoulder.

Sisk was the lead guitarist for a heavy metal rock band.

Reed, who had prior convictions and was a member of the Aryan Brotherhood, was captured two days after the murder in Kaufman County, along with a weapon and half a pound of marijuana, according to DuBoise.

He was given a federal sentence for that incident and will serve it in federal prison after serving the burglary sentence in state prison, DuBoise said.