A Kaufman County man has pleaded guilty in connection with an armed robbery in February during which shots were fired.
Shon Paul Armstrong is the second suspect indicted in the case to plead guilty.
Armstrong, 20, of Terrell, was one of three individuals indicted in April by the Hunt County grand jury on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Armstrong pleaded guilty to the charge Tuesday during a hearing in the 196th District Court. Under a plea bargain arrangement, Armstrong was placed on 10 years of deferred adjudication probation.
Deferred adjudication probation carries no finding of guilt, although those defendants who are found to have violated a deferred probation are subject to being sentenced to the maximum punishment.
Aggravated robbery is a first degree felony, punishable upon conviction by a maximum sentence of from five to 99 years in prison and an optional fine of up to $10,000.
Michael James Bell, 18, pleaded guilty to the same charge Aug. 18 and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
A third suspect, Christopher Truman Wilson of Terrell, has a hearing scheduled Sept. 27.
The Hunt County Sheriff’s Office reported that at approximately 3:40 a.m. Feb. 8, a call of a burglary in progress was received in the 10500 block of County Road 2466, known as the Grande Verde area in the southwestern part of the county, during which gun shots had been exchanged between the homeowner and possible suspects.
Upon arrival, deputies located Bell lying face down in a ditch close to where the call was reported, wearing a brown colored ski mask. Bell had no visible injuries and claimed no injuries.
The homeowner reported she has awakened to find unknown subjects burglarizing her vehicle, retrieved a firearm, then yelled for the subjects to stop, before firing at least one round in the direction of the suspects. The homeowner reported that one of the subjects had returned fire as they fled the area.