Greenville
8:01 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Lengthy sentence issued for robbery

A Greenville man has been sentenced to a lengthy term in prison for shooting a man during an armed hold-up one year ago.

A jury in the 354th District Court Tuesday sentenced Willie Frank Jackson to 90 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice-Institutional Division on one count of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon.

The same panel had convicted Jackson, 55, Monday evening following a one-day trial.

As a deadly weapon as found to have been used in the commission of the offense, Jackson will have to spend at least half of the sentence, or 45 years, in prison before he will be eligible to be considered for parole.

Jackson was alleged to have shot a male victim in the leg while in the course of stealing the victim’s wallet and cell phone on May 21, 2013.

Aggravated robbery is a first degree felony, punishable upon conviction by a maximum sentence of from five to 99 years to life in prison.