Joshua Sisemore, 35, of Sherman pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of aggravated robbery in the 397th state District Court.
A statement from the Grayson County District Attorney’s Office said District Judge Brian K. Gary sentenced Sisemore to 34 years for each of the aggravated robbery charges.
The statement said Sherman Police Department received a call on Feb. 12, 2015, reporting an unknown male forced his way into a home, tied up the resident at gunpoint and stole his property, including a vehicle. Within minutes, a Denison Police patrol officer spotted the stolen vehicle and attempted a traffic stop.
Sisemore led the police on a car chase that ultimately lasted over two hours going through Oklahoma and back into Texas. Once back in Texas, Sisemore committed two carjackings in an attempt to elude officers. Sisemore eventually abandoned the last vehicle stolen and fled on foot. He was then found and apprehended by Denison Police. Once in custody, Sisemore was observed to be high on methamphetamine.
“More often than not, violent crimes such as these go hand in hand with the abuse of narcotics, particularly methamphetamine,” Assistant Grayson County District Attorney Donnie Carter said. “This is a stark example of the damage a meth-fueled rage can cause.”
Interim Grayson County District Attorney J. Brett Smith said “this defendant endangered the lives of many citizens and law enforcement officers that day.” Smith said Sisemore deserves this lengthy prison sentence for “those acts of violence.” Sisemore had previously pled in federal court to crimes arising out of the same incident, receiving 17 years in federal prison.
In state court, the plea also resulted in the state dropping charges of evading arrest with a motor vehicle, burglary of a habitation, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. Court records show he received credit for the 1,278 days he spent in jail awaiting trial.
Sherman attorney Eli Brown represented Sisemore. Brown did not immediately return the Herald Democrat’s call seeking a comment Tuesday afternoon.