Final defendant sentenced to federal prison for drug and firearm offenses in connection with the murder of two Midlanders in July 2015
In Midland today, a federal judge sentenced 25-year-old Sean Blake Jobe of Midland, to 30 years in federal prison on firearm and drug trafficking charges in connection with the murder of two Midland residents in July 2015, announced U.S. Attorney John F. Bash, Midland Police Chief Seth Herman and Drug Enforcement Administration El Paso Division Special Agent in Charge Kyle W. Williamson.
In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Judge David Counts ordered that Jobe be placed on supervised release for a period of five years after completing his prison term.
On Jan. 25, 2019, Jobe pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana; one count of discharging a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; and, one count of murder resulting from the discharge of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime.
By pleading guilty, Jobe admitted that on July 17, 2015, he and his co-defendants—Ryan David Green and Trace Ryan Roland—conspired to murder a Midland man because of drug money the man owed to Roland.
According to court records, in the early morning hours of July 17, 2015, Green and Jobe went to a home in Midland and shot and killed the man and his girlfriend, who were living in a shed behind the home. Then they set fire to the shed and burned the victims beyond recognition.
Earlier this year, both Green and Roland pleaded guilty to the same three federal charges. Yesterday, Judge Counts sentenced Green to 35 years in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release. On Sept. 5, 2019, Judge Counts sentenced Roland to 35 years in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release.
“This was a horrific double-murder case, and I’m glad we achieved some measure of justice for the victims. It’s a reminder that although there’s a lot of good in this world, there’s a lot of evil too,” said U.S. Attorney Bash.
“The positive aspects of this collaborative effort between local and federal agencies can not overshadow the tragic effect that illicit narcotic trafficking and use have on communities. Not only have the lives of young adults and their families been forever altered in the most tragic of ways, but the wellbeing of an entire community unsettled because of greed and ego,” said Midland Police Chief Herman. “The Midland Police Department wishes to extend our sincere appreciation to the DEA and the United States Attorney’s Office for their partnership and professionalism throughout this extensive endeavor.”
“The sentencing of the defendants in this investigation sends a strong and unified message that these crimes will not be tolerated in our community and those who commit these offenses will be brought to justice,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Williamson. “DEA and their federal, state and local law enforcement partners will continue to work together to keep our community safe.”
The Midland Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration investigated this case. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Brandi Young and Glenn Harwood prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.