Huntsville man gets 8-year prison term for Wal-Mart theft

CAMERON—One of two Huntsville men charged with the theft of $6,500 in electronics equipment from Rockdale's Walmart on Feb. 11, received an eight-year prison term last week in 20th District Court.

Ty rone Mack, 37, was also ordered to pay $6,541.39 in restitution, with co-defendant Jason Lamont McGowan.

McG owan, 20 and a lso of Huntsville, is set for an Aug. 24 trial, according to Prosecutor Kerry Spears.

Mack pleaded guilty to engaging in organized criminal activity, enhanced to a third-degree felony.

His prison term will run concurrently with another conviction in Walker County.

Rockdale police believe Mack and McGowan were part of a gang, also including two women, who hit Walmarts in dozens of locations in Central and East Texas to the tune of $60,000 in merchandise.

At the Rockdale store, police sa id shopping basket s were loaded with merchandise which was then passed out of the store through the discount center's garden area.

The incident was recorded on Walmart's video surveillance system.

Spears listed other case dispositions as follows:

• Jerry Livingston, 60, Rockdale, pleaded guilty to deadly conduct, 10-year prison term probated seven years, substance abuse evaluation and treatment.

• Clarence Ellison, 52, Cameron, pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated-third or more offense, 10-year prison term probated five years, substance abuse evaluation and treatment, ignition interlock on primary vehicle, $1,500 fine, 10-day county jail term.

• Van William Stephens, 53, Taylor, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance (less than one gram), two years deferred adjudication probation, substance abuse evaluation and any recommended treatment, $140 restitution, $1,000 fine.

• Joshua Sterling Brooks, 26, Rockdale, pleaded guilty to burglary of a habitation, 10-year prison term probated six years, substance abuse evaluation and any recommended treatment, $1,564 restitution.

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