January 17, 2014

Habitual offender gets life in prison for armed robbery of game room

The Tarrant County jury that sentenced Gilbert Collins to life in prison on robbery charges also heard that he killed a woman two days after the robbery, the district attorney’s office reported Friday.

A Tarrant County jury has sentenced a 33-year-old habitual offender to life in prison for the armed robbery of a game room in April.

During the sentencing phase of the weeklong trial, prosecutors told the jury that Gilbert Collins, 33, killed a woman in an unrelated incident two days after the robbery, according to a news release from the Tarrant County district attorney’s office.

Collins was convicted Thursday of five charges of aggravated robbery.

On April 20, Collins and his girlfriend, Lisa Ann Rasberry, entered Mr. G’s Game Room in the 5400 block of East Lancaster Avenue and forced the doorman into the restroom at gunpoint, prosecutors said. Then they took money from four other people.

Collins fired at least two shots into the floor and walls and smashed the doorman’s phone before he and Rasberry drove off.

Two days later, Collins and Rasberry were in the back seat of a car about 5:30 a.m. when they attacked the three other occupants, the news release said.

Monica Soto, 24, was fatally shot. Alberto Gonzalez, 24, was shot in the jaw but survived. The driver, Payton Neriah, 25, was shocked with a Taser and beaten but escaped on foot, the release said.

Collins’ previous convictions include assault of a family member, possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, burglary and possession of a prohibited weapon.

Rasberry remained in the Tarrant County Jail on Friday on murder, robbery and aggravated-assault charges. Her bail totals $900,000.

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