Stephen Crowell, 28, of Van Alstyne, Texas, pleaded guilty to robbery in February in exchange for a sentencing range of not more than 30 years as part of a plea agreement with the Grayson County Criminal District Attorney’s Office.

Crowell was sentenced to 20 years in prison by Judge Jim Fallon of the 15 th District Court Thursday.

The robbery occurred on September 11, 2019.

That day, Sherman Police were dispatched to Dollar General in response to a robbery call. On scene, police were able to ascertain that the suspect approached the register with a note written on a gum wrapper that he handed to the clerk. The note told the clerk to give him the money, and that he was armed; the suspect kept one hand in his pocket while he waited for the clerk to comply. Ultimately, based on unique clothing, direction of travel, and information obtained from Facebook, Sherman Police located Crowell and made an arrest.

Evidence presented by the State during sentencing today highlighted that Crowell had been released from prison only seven days prior to committing the robbery. According to records introduced at the hearing, Crowell had been sentenced to serve five years for a 2015 Felony Evading and Theft case. Evidence also showed that Crowell had served all five years of his prior sentence and was denied parole due to his poor behavior while incarcerated.

“To this defendant, there was always an excuse or rationalization – something on which to blame his conduct. A person that commits a serious felony offense a mere seven days after being released from prison deserves to go back for an extended stay,” said Assistant District Attorney Nathan Young. District Attorney Brett Smith added, “Repeat offenders complain the most about going back to prison, but yet they get back into our community, start the same behavior, and are somehow shocked by the results.”

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Nathan Young.