Fort Worth man gets 9 life sentences for 2011 robbery spree

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A 20-year-old Fort Worth man was sentenced to nine life sentences Wednesday for an armed robbery spree in late 2011.

Karrington Braziel pleaded guilty to nine charges of aggravated robbery, but asked a jury to assess punishment. Jurors deliberated two hours before recommending the maximum punishment. The sentences will run concurrently.

From Nov. 13 to Nov. 30, 2011, Braziel held up businesses in southwest Fort Worth including IHOP and Pizza Hut restaurants and a Braum’s ice cream shop, according to a news release from the Tarrant County district attorney’s office.

The spree ended after a witness to the robbery of Tom’s E-Z-N wrote down the license number of the car Braziel drove away in. He was arrested after a short police chase.

During the punishment phase of the trial, prosecutors presented evidence of Braziel’s criminal history, which included serving time in a juvenile facility for assaulting a public servant. The jury also heard that Braziel had caused trouble in the Tarrant County Jail while awaiting trial.

“Given this man’s actions as a juvenile, as an adult, and even while incarcerated, he showed he will always be a threat to the peace of the community,” prosecutor Tim Rodgers said in the news release. “This jury did what was necessary to make sure there will be no more victims.”

Bill Miller, 817-390-7684

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