Biting of employee's finger during shoplifting leads to seven-year term for robbery

STEVE NASH steve.nash@brownwoodbulletin.com
Court sentencings

Recent sentencing in 35th District Court included a seven-year prison sentence for robbery following what started as a shoplifting of a $4.69 pack of batteries.

District Judge Steve Ellis sentenced Chistopher Ray Bostick, 28, of Brownwood, after Bostick pleaded guilty to the robbery charge, according to information from District Attorney Micheal Murray's office.

The incident occurred on Jan. 31, 2013 at Brookshire's and escalated to robbery after the suspect struggled with store employees and bit an employee's finger, Brownwood police said earlier.

"When it turns physical, a simple theft charge becomes quite serious," Brownwood Assistant Police Chief James Fuller said.

According to a police report:

An officer saw several people fighting in the Brookshire's parking lot, and as the officer attempted to turn around, a dispatcher radioed that an altercation had been reported. The officer got to the parking lot and saw that a Brookshire's representative was restraining a man, and the man was resisting. The officer was told the man had taken batteries out of the store, and he ran when two employees tried to confront him.

An off-duty employee who was sitting in his car saw the foot chase, got out of his car and caught up with the suspect. The employee was able to grab the suspect and restrain him until the other employees arrived. The suspect  bit one of the employees on his left index finger, drawing blood.

In other recent sentencings:

Daniel Stephen Priester pleaded guilty to two offenses of burglary of a habitation and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Jimmy Dale Burns pleaded guilty to DWI and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Luis Gerardo Alvarado pleaded guilty to online solicitation and sexual assault of a child and was sentenced to 10 years in prison in each case.

Jimmy Glen Walls pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

David Quinn Ynostrosa Jr. pleaded guilty to assault family violence — occlusion prior conviction and was sentenced to seven years in prison.

Jeffrey Alan Jackson, on probation for DWI, was revoked and sentenced to five years in prison.

Sarah Lee Goodman pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance and was sentenced to four years in prison. Goodman, on probation for forgery, was revoked and sentenced to 12 months in state jail.

Gertrudiz Lopez Jr., on probation for burglary of a building, was revoked and sentenced to 12 months in state jail.

Jordon Noel Doucette, on probation for possession of a controlled substance, was revoked and sentenced to 12 months in state jail.

Gary Dwayne Tilley, on probation for theft over $1,500 under $20,000, was revoked and sentenced to 10 months in state jail.