HOUSTON – The man found guilty of shooting Houston Police Department Chief Troy Finner’s 26-year-old nephew to death in 2018 has been sentenced to prison.
Charles Breed III, 30, was sentenced to 50 years in prison for shooting his friend, Terrance Leigh Finner III, to death on Jan. 11, 2018. Investigators said Breed killed Terrance, who reportedly ran after-hours clubs and trained as a boxer, for jewelry and other belongings.
On the night of the deadly altercation, both Terrance and Breed were at a bar on Richmond Avenue before leaving together and heading to Breed’s friends’ house in Third Ward.
Surveillance video showed Terrance stopping the car in a dark area located near 5000 Paige Street at Southmore. Both men then exited the vehicle, and Breed allegedly pulled out a gun. Investigators said Terrance attempted to defend himself, but Breed fired his gun, shooting Terrance four times, including three times in the back.
After the shooting, Breed reportedly took Terrance’s chains and satchel, and then went through his pockets for his wallet.
Terrance was pronounced dead and Breed was arrested shortly after.
Five years later, on June 9, a Harris County jury convicted Breed of murder. He was facing life in prison but agreed to a 50-year sentence instead of going through the punishment phase of the trial.
After the sentencing, the victim’s sister gave an impact statement saying, in part, “Justice was finally served.”
“This case shows that gun violence can affect anybody’s family, including the chief of police, and our hearts go out to the victim’s friends and family. He was just out socializing with friends and ended up dead in a robbery-murder,” DA Kim Ogg said. “This defendant made the decision to use a gun to take what didn’t belong him and killed a man who considered him a friend.”