February 26, 2014

Career criminal gets 60 years for robberies

A man with gang affiliations pleads guilty to back-to-back robberies of two Fort Worth businesses in 2012.

A Tarrant County jury sentenced a Fort Worth man who used a BB gun to hold up two businesses to 60 years in prison Wednesday.

Anthony Leroy Jones, 35, pleaded guilty Tuesday to two charges of robbery by threat. Jones held up an east Fort Worth convenience store on Sept. 12, 2012, and he robbed a liquor store the next day, according to a news release from the Tarrant County district attorney’s office.

Jones, who was shown to have ties to a well-known street gang, must serve 15 years in prison before he becomes eligible for parole.

In each robbery, he demanded cash from an employee and drove away in a gold minivan, the release said. In the second robbery, at Romeo Liquor Store, 6400 E. Rosedale St., Jones threatened to kill the store owner if he did not comply, the release said.

The owner got the van’s license plate number, and Jones was pulled over by Fort Worth police while still in the area, the release said. Officers found cash in the van’s console and the BB gun inside the engine compartment, the release said.

Prosecutors Lisa Callaghan and Tim Rogers presented evidence in state District Judge Everett Young’s court about Jones’ criminal history, which included convictions for burglary, theft, and delivery and possession of a controlled substance in Bexar and Harris counties, the release said.

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