Good: Trial Begins For Robber Who Terrorized Neighborhood

Good: Trial Begins For Robber Who Terrorized Neighborhood

This is a discussion on Good: Trial Begins For Robber Who Terrorized Neighborhood within the In the News: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly forums, part of the The Back Porch category; The trial on the first 3 of 5 aggravated robbery charges leveled against the Katy Trail robber is underway here in Dallas Co. court. This ...

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    Good: Trial Begins For Robber Who Terrorized Neighborhood

    The trial on the first 3 of 5 aggravated robbery charges leveled against the Katy Trail robber is underway here in Dallas Co. court. This guy basically terrorized my neighborhood for close to a month roughly a year ago. There were about a dozen total robberies, he is charged in 5 of them so far, he is believed to have had an accomplice in at least some of them, but this individuals remains at large. He is a career criminal with a record a mile long and was on parole at the time of the robberies. He faced up to life in prison as well as habitual offender enhancements on each charge of Aggravated Robbery.

    Victims testify at trial of man accused in 2012 Katy Trail robberies | Crime Blog

    To give you an idea of the MO, he/they preyed on people who were either a) coming home from bars along the Katy Trail/Uptown/Oak Lawn area or b) jogging along the Katy Trail (one man was robbed at 6am on a Saturday while running). The odds of conviction are very high, they have photo lineup IDs and the defendant's prints were found on property taken and later recovered from the victims. To top it off, he was seen on a CCTV camera selling an iPhone to someone at a Church's Chicken in Oak Cliff at the exact time that the victim, in concert with DPD, were tracking the phone using the GPS in it. They literally missed him by minutes, he was arrested later that night in Grand Praire (west of Dallas) in I-20 fleeing the Metroplex.
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    I'll be self indulgent and reply to my own thread...he was convicted on all counts this afternoon (3 charges of Aggravated Robbery, still faces trial on 2 more plus parole violations), faces a sentence of 5 years to 99 (life), quite an accomplishment for a 23 year old. By the way, this series of incidents were what finally spurred me to get off my as and actually get a CHL, there were actually 12 robberies in total over about two months starting in late 2011. The second assailant remains unidentified.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MJB_17 View Post
    ... convicted on all counts this afternoon (3 charges of Aggravated Robbery, still faces trial on 2 more plus parole violations), faces a sentence of 5 years to 99 (life) ...
    Amazing, that three counts of Aggravated Robbery could add up to as little as 5yrs. THIS is what's wrong with our legal (nee justice) system.

    By the way, this series of incidents were what finally spurred me to get off my as and actually get a CHL, there were actually 12 robberies in total over about two months starting in late 2011. The second assailant remains unidentified.
    Imagine how bad things could get if just two or three other people decide to engage in the sorts of predatory crimes these cretins did. That's all it takes. Kudos on getting your CHL. Anytime ... anywhere.
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    Keep us posted on the trail a final sentencing. I need to regain a little confidence in our justice system. Don't let me down Texas.
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    Hopefully, he'll get the 99 years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BenGoodLuck View Post
    Hopefully, he'll get the 99 years.
    It's Texas. I'd say there's a fair chance that sanity and good common-sense will prevail.

    Though, judges are involved. There are no guarantees. That is, unless the citizens get to judge the sentence. Hm.

    One would think this three-felony dude would qualify for the ol' rope, ol' Sparky or something similar .... say, death by gator.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ccw9mm View Post
    Amazing, that three counts of Aggravated Robbery could add up to as little as 5yrs. THIS is what's wrong with our legal (nee justice) system.
    These three charges are First Degree Felonies, which is 5-99 and up to a $10,000 fine. Since they all occurred during the same criminal incident, the sentences have to run concurrently. However, as it is an aggravated felony, he will have to serve 75% of his sentence before being eligible for parole (again). He still faces trial on 2 more counts of the same type for another robbery during the same spree.

    They began the sentencing phase immediately but only got into it briefly, there were several instances during the trial where the convicted's family and friends made outbursts in court and the judge placed a gag order on the defense and prosecutors against releasing the victims' names due to concerns for their safety. The judge also ordered several of his baby mommas to take their children out of the court room. Given his background as a multiple time loser, I expect 30+ years.

    This is a side issue, but this was black on white violent crime and generated HUGE negative publicity for Dallas, partly because of that and also because DPD acknowledged 12 unsolved robberies in 2 month on the same day that the city launched a new tourism campaign and opened the new Omni hotel. DPD put huge resources into catching this guy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MJB_17 View Post
    These three charges are First Degree Felonies, which is 5-99 and up to a $10,000 fine. Since they all occurred during the same criminal incident ...
    I'm confused: didn't this guy perpetrate multiple, separate robberies? Wouldn't each stand on its own and not be considered "during the same criminal incident"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ccw9mm View Post
    I'm confused: didn't this guy perpetrate multiple, separate robberies? Wouldn't each stand on its own and not be considered "during the same criminal incident"?
    In this trial, he robbed three people walking together on the Katy Trail. He and another guy jumped out from behind vegetation with guns and robbed them of valuables. On of the things that doomed him at trial was his prints were found all over a purse that he took off a victim and ditched on the patio of a house nearby.

    The way the law is written, this is considered one criminal incident. If he went and committed another 5 mins later that would be a separate incident in the same overall course of action, which would make it an aggravating factor on some charges, such as Capital Murder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MJB_17 View Post
    In this trial, he robbed three people walking together on the Katy Trail ... considered one criminal incident.
    Makes sense.

    Still, it's THREE violent felony counts. If they truly wanted to get tough, they'd consider them as separate. Fact is, three separate people were violated by this guy; just so happened to be at the same time. That's practically no different than three different incidents each involving the same aggravated felony to each of those individuals. Those three were similarly violated, either way. IMO, it shouldn't matter. But perhaps two of the other twelve crimes will be felonies, too, and they'll send him to the "express lane."
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    Quote Originally Posted by ccw9mm View Post
    Makes sense.

    Still, it's THREE violent felony counts. If they truly wanted to get tough, they'd consider them as separate. Fact is, three separate people were violated by this guy; just so happened to be at the same time. That's practically no different than three different incidents each involving the same aggravated felony to each of those individuals. Those three were similarly violated, either way. IMO, it shouldn't matter. But perhaps two of the other twelve crimes will be felonies, too, and they'll send him to the "express lane."
    We have a version of the Three Strikes Law, but it isn't as black and white as the CA one. He is going to face much more than the minimum, but 99 is highly unlikely. TX doesn't do the "__ number of years to life" like many states do. Instead, they have parole on almost all sentences, but based on the type of crime and your record prior there are several different determinations as to when you become eligible. A non violent felony usually is 25% served, violent is 50% and aggravated violent is 75%. There are other enhancements that can make it longer, such as being involved in a recognized criminal gang.

    By the way, we should have a sentence by lunch tomorrow. The Dallas Morning News (local paper) is very good at giving current info in their crime blog section, they have a reporter stationed at the criminal courts building every day.

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    Glad they are doing what is right for this perp,,,,, too many young ladies and families use that trail......
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    Quote Originally Posted by MJB_17 View Post
    We have a version of the Three Strikes Law, but it isn't as black and white as the CA one. He is going to face much more than the minimum, but 99 is highly unlikely. TX doesn't do the "__ number of years to life" like many states do. Instead, they have parole on almost all sentences, ...
    IMO, with violent felonies, particularly aggravated ones, the entire concept of Parole is essentially a violent felony perpetrated on the People. The People demanded X years penalty, or the life of the violator as penalty. And yet, the violator gets out way before term. The People are violated at the outset, violated during sentencing, and likely to be violated again when the perp sees the light of day again.
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    Sentence was delivered this afternoon: Concurrent for each of the three counts, 20 years, 25 years and 25 years. He must serve 75% before parole eligibility (roughly 18.5 years minus the 1 year or so he's been in county). Trial on 2 additional Aggravated Robberies is currently set for June, he faces 15-99 years on both counts.

    He actually took the stand during the sentencing phase and begged for leniency (HAH!) and claimed to have no memory of the robberies because he was so high on PCP...the jury was not moved...

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