Burnet man pleads guilty to killing his grandfather


BURNET — A 24-year-old man will spend at least 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to murdering his grandfather in November 2013.

State District Judge Dan Mills sentenced Matthew Reed to 50 years in prison after the man entered a guilty plea July 11 in district court. Because a firearm was used in the crime, the man will serve at least half of the sentence before he is eligible for parole.

Reed shot his grandfather, Farest Elmo “Pete” Reed, on Nov. 10, 2013. The victim was 85 at the time of his death.

Burnet County District Attorney Sonny McAfee said, after speaking with the investigators and family members, everyone agreed the 50-year sentence was appropriate.

“In this situation, the family members are both family of the victim and the suspect,” McAfee said. “We really looked at how the trial would impact the family, and, after talking with the (Texas) Ranger who investigated the case and the sheriff’s office who investigated the case, the prosecutors in my office and the family, we decided 50 years was a just sentence considering the circumstances of this crime.”

On Nov. 10, Burnet County sheriff’s deputies responded to a residence in the 2800 block of Texas 29 after family members found the elder Reed dead and his truck missing. He had apparently been shot a few days before relatives discovered his body.

Officers spotted the truck in the Burnet area later that same day and began pursuing it. The driver led deputies, Texas state troopers and Llano County sheriff’s deputies on a chase, which eventually ended when Matthew Reed crashed the truck in a Llano County pasture.

After his arrest, Matthew Reed told investigators he shot his grandfather following an argument, officials said at the time.

McAfee said Farest Reed was only trying to help his grandson.

“Essentially, his grandfather was trying to get (Matthew Reed) treatment for his methamphetamine problem,” the district attorney said. “And this upset the young man.”

In Farest Reed’s November 2013 obituary, it stated, “After many years of helping others, he died trying to help his grandson.”