Local Man Sentenced for Murder Committed While Disguised as a Security Guard


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A 25-year-old from Plano has been sentenced to life in prison by a Collin County Jury. Jordan Christopher Jacobs was found guilty of a robbery that led to the brutal death of an innocent man.

On July 7, 2021, Steven Gambles, 32, was killed by Jacobs at the Shops at Legacy in Plano after the two men got into an altercation.

Gambles was hanging out with a friend when Jacobs passed by and accused Gambles of suggestively looking at his girlfriend. The police stated that the two had never met prior to that time.

Jacobs told his girlfriend that he planned to rob Gambles as a “punishment,” so he returned to his apartment and disguised himself as a security guard. CCTV footage revealed that Jacobs unlocked Gambles’ car while awaiting the latter’s return,  taking a firearm from the console.

When Gambles returned to his car, Jacobs immediately accosted him and then used the stolen weapon to shoot the man in the head.

Gambles was found in his car with a single gunshot wound to the temple and reportedly passed away after being transported to a hospital.

During the investigation, Plano Police Department’s Detective Aaron Benzick used the surveillance footage to track down Jacobs. Police confirmed that Jacobs has no connection with the security team of Shops at Legacy and does not work with any company as a security guard.

After Jacobs’ sentencing, District Attorney Greg Wills stated, “An innocent man was out enjoying dinner with a friend when his life was taken by a violent stranger. The jury’s verdict triggered an automatic punishment of life without the possibility of parole for this senseless and terrible crime.”

Judge George Flint presided over the case, which was prosecuted by Assistant Criminal District Attorneys Calli Bailey and Marisa Dunagan.

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