Trial set in armed robbery case

Apr 30, 2014

A trial is scheduled this week for a local man who had pleaded guilty to his fifth armed robbery.

Mark Anthony Young had been scheduled for a punishment hearing in the 354th District Court March 13.

But Judge Richard A. Beacom announced at the start of the hearing that there were inconsistencies which had been discovered in the version of events Young provided when he waived a jury trial in January and in the version he provided as part of a presentence investigation.

Beacom then dismissed Young’s guilty plea and scheduled a trial before the court to begin Thursday morning.

Young, 35, of Greenville, has been indicted on one count of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon. He had previously pleaded not guilty.

The charge Young is facing a first degree felony, with a prior first degree felony conviction, which means Young is facing a minimum of 15 years and a maximum of 99 years to life in prison and an optional fine of up to $10,000.

Young has already served prison time on previous convictions for armed robbery and was convicted of a federal charge of arson in connection with two set fires at Greenville churches in 1996. Young was being held in the Hunt County Jail Tuesday in lieu of $150,000 bond.

According to a report from the Greenville Police Department, a robbery was reported on the morning of May 16, 2013 at the Circle G convenience store, 1700 Stonewall Street in Greenville.

A male was alleged to have entered the store, displayed a weapon, and ordered the female employee at the cash register to give him money. The employee complied and the suspect left the store.

The police department’s investigation identified the suspect as Young, who was arrested without incident.