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ETX man faces 50 years to life in prison for April 2012 carjacking spree

ETX man faces 50 years to life in prison for April 2012 carjacking spree
MGN Online
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 5:14pm

A Beaumont man has been convicted of multiple crimes related to a carjacking spree in April of 2012.

On Wednesday, March 26, 2014, Timothy Wayne Harris, 22, was found guilty by a jury following a three-day trial before U.S. District Judge, Thad Heartfield.

According to information presented in court, on April 17th and 18th, Harris and Jerry Lee Edwards, 38, went on a crime spree outside a Beaumont restaurant and convenience store, Carl's Jr. and the Calder Food Mart.

On May 2, 2012, a federal grand jury indicted Harris and Edwards and charged them with two counts of carjacking, brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, and one count of conspiracy to commit carjacking.

The men have been detained since their arrests on April 24, 2012.

This case was delayed for 17 months by psychiatric examinations of Harris, who was the gunman and leader of the offenses. 

In late 2013 he was determined to be competent to stand trial.

The jury convicted Harris of all five counts. He now faces a sentence of 50 years and life in federal prison.

Edwards pleaded guilty in January to conspiracy to commit carjacking, admitting that he knowingly joined in the crimes. He now faces up to 5 years in federal prison.

Sentencing dates have not been set.

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