A man who shot his estranged wife's lover in the head after he received a picture of them engaged in a sex act was sentenced to 15 years in jail after the defense argued he acted in 'sudden passion'.
Mark Lynn Milligan, 47, of Garland, Dallas, was convicted of murdering tattoo artist Jesus Dominguez, 36, in October 2011.
He was facing a sentence of 25 years to life but his punishment range was downgraded after the defense argued it was an act of passion.
Guilty: Mark Milligan, 47, was facing a sentence of 25 years to life but his punishment range was downgraded after the defense argued it was an act of passion
Jurors took only 30 minutes to convict Milligan earlier in the day after prosecutors argued that the killing was a planned and deliberate act at the hands of a man who lost control of his wife Kimberly Jenkins.
It was unclear whether or not Jenkins or Dominguez sent the explicit photo via text message which 'enraged him to the point where he was going to do something about it', defense attorney Brad Lollar said.
The court heard that Milligan and the mother of his three children had been having marital problems and were living separately at the time of the shooting.
Victim: Jesus Dominguez was shot by Mark Milligan after he received a picture of Dominguez and his estranged wife engaged in a sex act together
Just after midnight, when Milligan received the sexually explicit message, he drove over to the apartment she lived in and when Dominguez answered the door, he shot him in the head.
He then shot at his wife and chased her around the apartment. When he caught her he put the gun in her mouth and pulled the trigger but it did not go off.
An aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge is pending against Milligan for the attack on his wife.
Prosecutors told the court Milligan has two prior convictions for aggravated assault and burglary but these were disregarded for the punishment verdict.
Family of the victim said after the sentencing that they did not think it was a just punishment.