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Jury Gives Armed Robber Nine Life Sentences

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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – A 20-year-old Fort Worth man received nine life sentences on  for committing multiple armed robberies during a two-week period in 2011.

During his trial this week in state district Judge Everett Young’s court, Karrington Braziel pled guilty to nine charges of aggravated robbery.

On Wednesday, after seeing evidence and hearing details of those crimes, the jury deliberated more than 2 hours before sentencing Braziel to life in prison on each of the nine charges. The sentences will run concurrently.

Prosecutors Tim Rodgers and Jim Hudson presented evidence that Braziel held up eight south Fort Worth businesses from November 14 to November 30, 2011.

“Given this man’s actions as a juvenile, as an adult, and even while incarcerated, he showed us he will always be a threat to the peace of our community,” said Prosecutor Tim Rodgers. “This jury did what was necessary to make sure there will be no more victims of this man’s violence.”Jury Gives Armed Robber Nine Life Sentences

The first robbery occurred at the IHOP in the 3700 block of Altamesa Boulevard. Braziel and another man burst into the restaurant, pointed a gun at the manager and forced him to open the cash register and the safe.

Over the next two weeks, Braziel robbed seven other southwest Fort Worth businesses, including a Braums, Waffle House, Pizza Hut, Quick N Save, Johnathan’s Stop and Save, The Smoking Section, and Tom’s E-Z-N.

He was arrested on November 30, 2011, after the E-Z-N robbery. A witness to the robbery followed Braziel and another man and was able to write down the license plate of the car they were in. The man stopped following the two when one of the men shot at him multiple times, striking the front of his car. Police traced the license plate to an address where they found Braziel standing next to the getaway car. Braziel fled but was captured and arrested after a brief foot chase.

He later confessed to the E- Z-N robbery, along with seven others. He told police he committed the robberies by himself or with an accomplice.

During the punishment phase of the trial, prosecutors presented evidence of Braziel’s lengthy criminal history, which included a stint in juvenile prison for assault on a public servant.

The jury also heard about two misdemeanor convictions for assault and criminal mischief, as well as a pending assault case.

Prosecutors presented further evidence of various acts of misconduct Braziel committed in the Tarrant County Jail while awaiting his trial.

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