WACO (March 1, 2013)—A 19th District Court jury deliberated late into the night Thursday but finally returned a prison sentence for a man convicted of aggravated robbery.
Just before 10 p.m. the jury announced it had agreed upon a 36-year prison sentence for Alexis Bo Perez, who was convicted January 31 of aggravated robbery.
Judge Ralph Strother imposed the two 36-year sentences, one on each of two counts of aggravated robbery in connection with the September 2011 armed robbery of a Dominoes Pizza in the 1400 block of Wooded Acres Drive, and also assessed fines totaling $20,000.
Strother then ordered the sentences served concurrently.
Because the verdict also included a deadly weapon finding, Perez must serve half of the sentence before being eligible for parole.
It appeared for a time that the jury was deadlocked, which would have forced a second mistrial in the punishment phase of the trial, but after a short break the jury announced it had reached a unanimous verdict.
The judge declared a mistrial in the original punishment deliberation because that jury could not reach a verdict.
Prosecutors say Perez, 19, went on a 24-hour, one-man crime spree in September 2011 during which he robbed four businesses.
He was tried only for the Dominoes Pizza robbery but remains charged in the robberies of the Papa John's Pizza, 5900 Bosque Blvd., the Skinny's convenience store on Sanger Avenue and the Chesalon store on North 19th Street.
(Reporter Matt Howerton contributed to this story.)