A career criminal still on parole was sentenced to 70 years in prison on Wednesday for robbing two Chase banks and two auto dealerships in the same week last year.
Jerry Lynn Brown, 58, of Eastland had previously been sentenced to a combined 184 years in prison on previous convictions, including a 15-year sentence in 2009 for drunken driving for which he was still on parole, according to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
“He had convictions for seven auto thefts, three burglaries, two credit card offenses, aggravated assault, three DWIs, two failure to stop and render aid with injury offenses, and evading arrest with a vehicle," said Abigail Placke, Parker County prosecutor. "On the aggravated assault case, according to Mr. Brown’s testimony, he stabbed a man in a bar.”
Authorities said that during his latest weeklong crime spree last March, Brown handed a Chase bank teller in Weatherford a note saying that she was being robbed and to hand over all of the money.
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Brown fled from the bank with around $700, according to Parker County Assistant District Attorney Larry Fadler, who prosecuted the case with Placke.
Later that week, Brown stole a pickup from an auto dealer in west Fort Worth, but left the key and was unable to restart it.
So then Brown went to the Hudson Oaks Southwest Volkswagen dealership and stole a car there, injuring a salesperson's hands and arms in the process, a news release from the Parker County district attorney's office said.
Later that day, Brown robbed another Chase bank, this time in Lake Worth, passing the teller a note and saying he would kill her if she didn’t hurry, the release said. Brown got away with around $2,000 from that robbery, according to the release.
Brown pleaded guilty and elected to have a judge set his punishment, the release said. Brown's sentences will run concurrently.
Brown must serve a minimum of 25 years in prison before becoming eligible for parole, said Assistant District Attorney Jeff Swain.