Gill’s robber back in Milam jail on violation
Justin Tiger Thomas was returned to Milam County Monday to face probation revocation charges, according to Pros- ecutor Kerry Spears.
In July, 2009, Thomas pleaded guilty to the Gill’s robbery less than a week after he was acquitted of a similar robbery at Rockdale’s Sunny Food Mart three days before the Gill’s holdup.
That was a verdict which didn’t sit well w ith law enforcment agencies.
After pleading guilty to the Gill’s robbery, Thomas was placed on deferred adjudication probation.
“He is now in our jail on a motion to revoke that probation for alleged violations of the probation conditions,” Spears said.
The two other men arrested in connection with the holdups are serving prison terms.
HOLDUPS—Witnesses told police two men wearing “hoodie” type sweatshirts, wearing white gloves and holding “doo-rags” over their faces entered Gill’s on Nov. 3, 2006, with one pointing what appeared to be a semiautomatic pistol at clerks and customers. The pair made off with about $1,500.
Three days later w itnesses at Sunny’s told much the same story, that two men pointed what appeared to be a pistol at a female clerk and some customers and got away with about $4,000.
One day after the Sunny’s robbery, Thomas and Bryan residents Damion Jackson and Larry Johnson were detained after a threevehicle collision at a busy College Station intersection.
Jackson turned state’s evidence and testified against both Thomas and Johnson. He drew a 15-year sentence.
Johnson received a 25-year term after he was found guilty in a jury trial. Police have said they believe all three men were involved in both robberies.
ACQUITTAL—In the Sunny’s trial, prosecutors believed they had proved shoes worn by one of the persons shown committing the robbery on surveillance belonged to Thomas.
The state also produced DNA evidence that a pair of gloves believed to have been worn in the robbery were worn by Thomas.