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Plea agreements struck in robbery, sex cases

Plea agreements struck in robbery, sex cases

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A 24-year-old Houston man set for jury trial Monday in the 85th District Court took a last-minute deal and pleaded guilty to his involvement in a 2008 robbery in exchange for a two-year prison sentence.

In addition, a 40-year-old College Station man pleaded guilty in the 85th District Court to sexually molesting his daughter and received a 10-year probated sentence and will be required to register as a sex offender for life.

A third case on the court docket was dismissed from a felony assault family violence charge to a misdemeanor based on the testimony from the victim that she was not strangled as was originally reported, according to court records.

Assistant District Attorney Jessica Escue said Sherrick Owens agreed to provide information that could lead to others being charged in a 2008 robbery of two men inside a Bryan apartment on Hollowhill Drive.

According to the arrest affidavit, one of the victims picked Owens out of a photo lineup and told police he was "100 percent positive that Owens was the robber with the handgun" used during the robbery. Escue said no one else has been arrested in connection with the robbery, but an investigation is ongoing.

Owens was facing two counts of aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony punishable by up to life in prison, and a burglary charge; but, as part of his deal, he was only convicted of the second-degree robbery.

He will be formally sentenced next Tuesday in order to give time for victims to prepare impact statements to read in front of Owens before he's taken to prison.

In the case of the father convicted of indecency with a child by sexual contact, Escue said the 15-year-old daughter did not want to prosecute for the 2009 incident, which prompted the plea agreement.

It is The Eagle's policy not to name defendants if doing so could lead to the victim being identified.

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