Juan Carlos Flores, 47, of Denison was sentenced to 15 years in prison Monday for aggravated robbery in the 15th District Court of Grayson County. Flores was found guilty by a jury in October and visiting Judge Rayburn Nall imposed the sentence.
On Sept. 14, 2017 a masked man walked into Park and Beverage in Denison brandishing an electric drill that had been wrapped in grey plastic bags, according to a prepared statement from the GC District Attorney’s Office. He confronted the clerk, saying she only had one minute to give him all the money from the register and threatened to hurt her if she didn’t comply. She complied and he quickly drove off in a Chevy Tahoe.
Denison detectives were not able to identify the robber due to him wearing a mask and gloves, so they released the security video of the robbery on social media. Two days later, a teenager called the hotline because they recognized the culprit as Juan Carlos Flores.
The caller was familiar with the Flores family and recognized the getaway vehicle and Flores’ clothing. Most importantly, they recognized Flores’ voice, which was captured on the video. DPD detectives located the getaway vehicle at the Flores’ home, along with an electric drill like the one used in the robbery.
“This defendant had previously been to prison for a felony committed in Florida. He also had several misdemeanor convictions including Assault Causing Bodily Injury Family violence. After serving this sentence, he will be remanded to the custody of Immigration due to his status as an illegal alien. Given these facts, this 15-year sentence is appropriate and just,” Assistant District Attorney Matt Rolston said.
“Because this is an aggravated felony, Mr. Flores will have to serve at least half of his sentence before being considered for parole. After making parole he should be deported,” District Attorney Brett Smith said.
Flores was represented in the case by Jeromie Oney who could not be immediately reached Monday evening.