FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) — A man described by authorities as a criminal street gang leader has been sentenced to 75 years in prison for his role in a 2012 armed robbery outside a Fort Worth apartment complex.
Gerald “Double G” Griffin, 29, was convicted of one count of engaging in organized crime, and one count of aggravated robbery, but his criminal background led to the lengthy sentence.
Prosecutors showed that Griffin drove two fellow gang members to the Hillcrest Apartments in the 2700 block of Pinnacle Circle on Oct. 6, 2012.
The two men attempted to rob a man and a woman in a car at gunpoint, but the victim wrestled the gun away, shooting one of the assailants.
The subsequent investigation led police to Griffin.
During the punishment phase, it was shown that Griffin and his two accomplices had committed another robbery in Fort Worth on the same evening, as well as numerous others the previous week.
Jurors were also told of Griffin’s past, which included previous convictions for aggravated assault, robbery and evading arrest.
“Gerald Griffin has been wreaking havoc in Arlington for years,” said Prosecutor Michelle Dobson. “This verdict puts an end to his criminal escapades and prevents him from leading other gang members down the same path.”
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