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January 11, 2013

Prison sentence issued in home invasion robbery

GREENVILLE — A local man has been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to multiple charges in connection with a reported home invasion in Greenville last summer.

Damontreous Deuntay Williams and Payton Ryan Loya, both of Greenville, were indicted in September by the Hunt County grand jury on one count each of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon, burglary of a habitation with intent to commit theft and unauthorized use of a vehicle.

Williams was facing up to life in prison on both the robbery and burglary indictments.

During a hearing Thursday in the 196th District Court, Williams pleaded guilty to all three counts.

Under a plea bargain arrangement, he was sentenced to 15 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice-Institutional Division on both the aggravated robbery and burglary charges and two years in a state jail on the unauthorized use of a vehicle indictment.

As a deadly weapon was found to have been used in the commission of the robbery, Williams will have to spend at least half of the sentence, or seven and one-half years, in prison before he can be considered eligible for parole.

Loya pleaded guilty to all three counts in November and was also sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Williams was arrested by the Greenville Police Department on the afternoon of Aug. 11, 2012 and was alleged to have forced his way into a home, to have held a gun to the head of a female victim while in the course of committing a theft and to have stolen the victim’s vehicle.

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