Man Who Tried To Rob Local College Professor Sentenced To Prison

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WACO (March 29, 2013)--A Waco man who already had 13 convictions on his record was sentenced to another life prison term Thursday after he was found guilty of attempted robbery.

A 19th District Court jury deliberated for less than an hour Thursday before sentencing Juan Martinez III to life in prison for the April 2012 attempted robbery of a Temple College professor who was held up in a parking lot at South 6th Street and Franklin Avenue.

Assistant District Attorney J.R. Vicha told jurors during the trial that Martinez picked the wrong victim because the professor was armed and ended up holding the would-be robber at gunpoint until police arrived.

Testimony during trial also showed Martinez, 43, kicked out the window of a sheriff's patrol car and cursed and spit at deputies while he was being taken to jail.

The jury also sentenced Martinez to 20-years for those infractions.

Judge Ralph Strother ordered the sentences to be served concurrently.

Vicha said Martinez will have to serve at least 15 years of his sentence before he is eligible for parole.