San Antonio, Texas, October 4, 2016: Last night, Bexar County jurors in the 386th District Court found Joshua Isaiah Joyner, 17, guilty in the Capital Murder of Albert Nelson, 19. Joyner, who was certified to stand trial as an adult, received an automatic life sentence with the possibility of parole in 40 years.
On July 24, 2015, Joyner and his friends met the victim to purchase marijuana from him in the parking lot of Elolf Elementary on the 6300 block of Beech Trail Drive. Bexar County Sheriff’s Office investigators said Joyner, who was 15 at the time, planned to rob Nelson of the marijuana. During the robbery, Joyner shot Nelson while he was still inside his vehicle. Witnesses said Nelson managed to drive a few blocks away to his home on Staghorn Mill. Nelson’s brother found him a short time later dead inside his vehicle in the driveway of their home.
Capital Murder is a felony, punishable by life in prison without the possibility of parole or death. However, due to the defendant’s age at the time the offense was committed, he is not eligible for death or life without parole. The defendant received an automatic life sentence with the possibility of parole in 40 years. Assistant District Attorneys Khristina Fielder and Jacqueline Valdes from the Juvenile Trial Division prosecuted the case against Joyner in the 386th District Court.