Man sentenced to 3 life terms for ETX store robbery, awaits second trial
POSTED: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 1:08pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 4:12pm
Tyler, Texas (KETK) —
A man facing three aggravated robbery charges pleaded guilty to two of them Tuesday morning and was handed three life sentences for the crimes.
Robby Brian Stevens, 43, of Leander, pleaded guilty in connection with a December 28 aggravated robbery of the Dollar General in New Diana. For that, he was sentenced to two life terms to be served concurrently.
According to Upshur County District Attorney Billy Byrd, Stevens had two indictments on the courthouse docket. One indictment came with two charges stemming form the Dollar General incident. The other indictment was for a situation Stevens was involved with 10 minutes prior to the previous robbery. Stevens threatened a man and robbed him of his belongings at the Family Dollar, also in New Diana.
Stevens will now be transferred to the Gregg County Jail where he awaits trial for the December 20 aggravated robbery of the China King on Loop 281 in Longview. On December 20, 2013, at 10:39 p.m., officers were dispatched to an aggravated robbery that had just occurred at the Chinese eatery. When officers arrived the victim told police a white male approximately 5'9" to 6'0" tall with an unshaven face approached her while she was at the register.
The man, who police say was Stevens, brandished a weapon and demanded the register drawer containing money. The clerk gave him the money and he left the restaurant with an undisclosed amount of cash. Stevens is reported to have fled that scene in a dark silver or champagne colored four-door passenger car.
After reviewing the surveillance video, police determined Stevens had been in the restaurant a few minutes prior to the robbery, approached the counter, took a menu and left.
The trial for the Longview incident is set to begin June 16 at the Gregg County Courthouse.
For the Upshur County crimes, Stevens will be eligible for parole at the age of 73.