Prison Sentence Upheld For Dallas Burglary Ring Leader

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AUSTIN (AP) – The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld a 65-year prison sentence for an ex-University of North Texas quarterback convicted in 2009 of leading a Dallas burglary ring blamed for $1 million worth of thefts.

Damon West sought a new punishment hearing in the case involving more than 50 break-ins.

The appeals court Wednesday agreed that West’s lawyer did not adequately investigate and present mitigating evidence, but said the appeal doesn’t show the deficiency would have changed his penalty.

The 2007 and 2008 cases became known as the “Uptown burglaries,” based on the crimes in the Uptown Dallas neighborhood.

West played at UNT in the mid-1990s before being injured. He was paroled last November while his appeal was pending. A parole violation could return him to prison.

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