Man sentenced in string of area restaurant robberies

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) A man has pleaded guilty and been sentenced to 40 years in prison after DNA evidence tied him to multiple aggravated robberies at local chain restaurants in 2014.

George Dewey Grayson, Jr. (Jail photo)

Four years after the holdups, and one day before jury selection was to begin, George Dewey Grayson, Jr., 29, of Mart, accepted a plea deal from McLennan County prosecutors.

“We spent several weeks on different occasions getting this case ready for trial,” said Assistant District Attorney Gina Long.

“I think he finally realized there was no more wiggling out of justice being brought to him, and he finally took responsibility for his actions.”

With three victims in each Waco case, Long said Grayson pleaded guilty to six counts of aggravated robbery Monday for robbing the Pizza Hut on Valley Mills in July 2014 and the Taco Bueno on Valley Mills Drive in September 2014.

“We were finally able to get to a resolution because we were prepared, and our victims were ready to stand up to Mr. Grayson and tell the story of what happened to them,” Long said.

Long said his method of operation in both cases was nearly identical.

“He goes to the stores at closing, and when employees are set to leave…that’s when he forces them in at gunpoint and forces, generally, the manager to open the safe and empty the contents for him, he knows a deposit has been made,” Long said.

“He makes them count to 100 before they get up.”

Grayson will have to serve at least 20 years before he’s eligible for parole, Long said.

However, his time may be extended pending the outcome of a third, similar case in Limestone County where he’s currently under indictment for aggravated robbery at a Pizza Hut in Mexia in 2014.

Long said DNA evidence was used to “finally” tie him to these cases: first from a victim’s phone he took that was recovered from the Taco Bueno robbery, then from a comb that fell out of his hair during the Mexia robbery.

Grayson will be transferred from the McLennan County Jail to the Limestone County Jail within the next ten days.

“We’re looking forward to getting some resolution to it,” said Limestone County District Attorney Roy DeFriend,

Once the Limestone County case is resolved, which officials said would likely take a while because he still needs a court appointed attorney, Grayson will be transferred to a TDCJ facility.

As of Tuesday night, Grayson's list of charges included aggravated robbery from Waco PD and Limestone County, possession of marijuana and unlawful carrying of a weapon out of Bell County in 2015, failure to pay child support out of Bell County in 2018, and a probation violation for possession with intent to distribute out of Louisiana in 2015.