New York man sentenced for violent robbery at local apartment complex

Freddy Uceta. (Jail photo)
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TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) A Bell County jury that found a New York man guilty of a Temple aggravated robbery last week sentenced the same man Tuesday to serve 45 years in Texas state prison.

Judge Fancy H. Jezek, in 426th District Court, imposed the sentence late Tuesday on Freddy Uceta, 30, of Hollis, N.Y., after a jury came back with that recommendation, Bell County District Attorney Henry Garza said.

Uceta still face more charges, including another aggravated robbery, an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, being a felon in possession of a firearm, being a fugitive from justice and one felony listed as “offense unknown,” the Bell County Sheriff’s Jail log shows.

Garza said each of the other cases is active and each will be docketed and handled as it comes in order.

Uceta was found guilty of a violent hold-up in Temple on April 15, 2016, during which a victim was shot in the knee and the robber fired several shots as he fled the scene.

At Uceta's trial, witnesses testified a man was at the Waymon Manor Apartments, in the 1800 block of East Avenue K, in a section of the complex that was abandoned after it was damaged by a fire.

Temple police were sent there after a caller reported seeing a man with a gun who fired several shots as he ran into some apartments that were abandoned.

Police arrested Uceta after they found him, along with a handgun, inside one of the apartments.

Officers also found a man who had been shot in the leg, the report said.

The wounded man told police he had been outside smoking when a man came up to him, displayed a handgun and demanded money.

He said after he refused the demand the suspect shot him in the knee, and then dragged the wounded man to the victim's vehicle and told him to open it.

When the victim told the armed man he did not have a key, the man fired into the window and reached inside, took items, the dragged the wounded man back to the apartment complex.

The victim testified he went into his apartment and shut the door, then the armed man fired several times through the door.

Uceta remains in custody in the Bell County Jail awaiting transfer to Huntsville and the reception unit at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice – Institutional Division.