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February 1, 2013

Bonds doubled in Quinlan robbery, assault case

GREENVILLE — A state district judge has more than doubled the bonds for a Quinlan man, charged in connection with a reported armed hold-up and sexual assault at a downtown Quinlan business.

Jamey Justin Smith, 18, was being held in custody at the Hunt County Jail in lieu of a total of $160,000 bond on one count each of aggravated robbery and aggravated sexual assault. Smith was arrested by the Quinlan Police Department following the alleged incidents. Smith had filed writs of habeas corpus, seeking the appointment of an attorney, a reduction in his bond or both.

During a Jan. 23 hearing 196th District Court Judge Steve Tittle appointed an attorney to represent Smith, but took no action on the defendant’s bonds.

During a hearing in the court Wednesday, Tittle raised the bonds in the case to $200,000 each. No additional hearings were immediately scheduled.

Smith was charged in connection with a robbery at gunpoint of an antique store on Main Street in Quinlan on the morning of Jan. 18.

An employee of the business also indicated she was sexually assaulted by Smith during the incident and that Smith threatened her life.

Officers later took Smith into custody during a traffic stop, after another occupant of the vehicle said Smith had told him he had committed the crime and had thrown the handgun into a nearby ditch. The weapon allegedly used in the robbery was also recovered.

Both the aggravated robbery and aggravated sexual assault charges are first degree felonies, each punishable upon conviction by a maximum sentence of from five to 99 years to life in prison and an optional fine of up to $10,000.

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