A local man is appealing the lengthy prison sentence he received after his probation in a 2014 armed robbery and kidnapping in Commerce was revoked, allegedly due in part to smoking marijuana.
The Fifth Court of Appeals in Dallas is scheduled next week to hear the appeal of Tyran Darnell Wilson. Oral arguments in Wilson’s case are set for the morning of June 20. A decision on the appeal will be made public at a later date.
Wilson previously pleaded guilty to one count each of aggravated robbery and aggravated kidnapping, and to have participated in the incident during which a BB pistol was used and $100 stolen.
Wilson, 23, of Greenville, was sentenced in July 2018 during a hearing in the 354th District Court to 35 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice-Institutional Division.
Wilson was placed on 10 years deferred adjudication probation, with a $1,000 fine on each charge, after pleading guilty in March 2015. Wilson was also ordered to complete 180 hours of community service and to testify truthfully against any co-actors in the case.
The aggravated robbery and aggravated kidnapping indictments are each punishable upon conviction by a maximum sentence of up to life in prison.
Wilson and a second man were indicted for allegedly using the BB pistol during the hold-up.
Charges were later dismissed against the second suspect, after the Hunt County District Attorney’s Office indicated it did not have any corroborating evidence to support Wilson’s claims the individual was involved in the incident.
The Commerce Police Department arrested Wilson, who had also listed an address in Commerce, in the early morning hours of Sept. 19, 2014.
Wilson admitted to abducting another man by force and threatening him with harm while in the course of committing a robbery with a deadly weapon; specifically a Colt Defender Airsoft Pistol.
According to the police report, an unidentified victim was walking in the 2400 block of Campbell Street at approximately 3 a.m. that day when two men approached him. One produced what appeared to be a semi-automatic pistol, and the two men walked the victim to a Chase ATM on the Texas A&M University-Commerce campus, where he was forced to withdraw $100 from his bank account.
The Hunt County District Attorney’s Office was seeking to revoke Wilson’s probation after he admitted to smoking marijuana on April 20, 2015 and failed to complete the mandated community service. Wilson was sentenced to 100 days in state jail for a previous probation violation.