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November 28, 2012

Appeal of conviction in game room robbery denied

GREENVILLE — A local man has lost an appeal of his conviction and prison sentence in connection with the 2010 armed robbery of a Quinlan-area game room and a shootout with a Hunt County Sheriff’s deputy.

Guadalupe Ramirez III was found guilty in November 2011 on one count each of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon against a peace officer and three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The jury in the 196th District Court sentenced Ramirez to 75 years in prison.

The Sixth District Court of Appeals in Texarkana received arguments in Ramirez’s appeal earlier this month. On appeal, Ramirez argued that the evidence was insufficient to convict him and that the trial court improperly commented on the weight of the evidence when instructing the jury on the law of the parties.

The court, in an opinion released Tuesday morning, upheld Ramirez’s conviction.

Ramirez and Darreus Demont Williams of Van Alstyne allegedly acted alongside Vincent Thomas of Greenville on the night of Feb. 20, 2010 during the armed hold-up of Bonnie Lou’s Game Room on State Highway 276.

 Williams was found guilty earlier this month of three counts of aggravated assault, and one count each of aggravated robbery and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Williams was sentenced to 23 years in prison with a $10,000 fine on the aggravated robbery indictment, 18 years in prison for the aggravated assault on a public servant conviction and seven years in prison for each of the aggravated assault counts.

Thomas was shot and killed during a gun battle with a Hunt County Sheriff’s deputy following a chase which ended at the Greenville city limits.

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