Everman man receives 89 years for his role in robbery that killed convenience store owner

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FORT WORTH - A jury sentenced an Everman resident to 89 years in prison for his role in a convenience store robbery that led to the death of the store's 66-year-old co-owner.

The jury deliberated for two days before sentencing Jeremy Hopkins, who served as a lookout while Frederick Jones, his friend and co-defendant shot and killed Azmi Elqutob. Jones was sentenced to life in prison without parole in June. Authorities have said that the robbers got a little more than $200 from the store's cash drawer.

Hopkins, who was convicted Thursday of aggravated robbery, faced a life prison sentence with no chance for parole if he had been convicted of capital murder. Daniel Young, Hopkins' defense attorney, said his client provided Jones with a gun but was not aware that Jones planned to rob Smokey's Paradise convenience store in the 5300 block of East Rosedale Street. Hopkins told police that he thought the intended robbery target was a marijuana salesman.

Prosecutors told the jury that Hopkins gave a loaded weapon to Jones, a man wearing a bandana across his face and gloves on his hands. Hopkins told a friend who was secretly recording him at the request of Fort Worth police that he wiped his fingerprints from both the gun and bullets.

Hopkins said he borrowed the gun from a drug dealer, and told his friend that he threw the weapon in the Trinity River when it was returned after the murder.

Mitch Mitchell, 817-390-7752

Twitter: @mitchmitchel3

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