Teen gets 10 years in attack, robbery at Halloween party

Posted Monday, Aug. 22, 2011
By Domingo Ramirez Jr., Fort Worth Star Telegram

FORT WORTH -- A teenager who laughed while beating a man with a pellet rifle during a Halloween party last year and robbed at least 20 partygoers was sentenced Monday to 10 years in a Texas Youth Commission facility.

The youth, who was 14 at the time, bragged to classmates at his Fort Worth school about the attack and robberies, investigators said.

Monday morning, a jury found the teen, now 15, guilty of 18 counts of delinquent conduct/aggravated robbery. A few hours later, state District Judge Jean Boyd imposed the sentence. The teen is not being identified because he is a juvenile.

Prosecutors had asked for a 40-year sentence, and defense attorney Felipe O. Calzada of Fort Worth had asked for probation because the boy had never been in trouble before his arrest.

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