A 24-year-old Dallas man has received two, 10-year prison sentences for his role in burglaries in Royse City and Rockwall in 2010.
On Sept. 27, a jury found Mario Terrell Martin guilty on third degree, enhanced charges of burglary of a building. District Judge Brett Hall sentenced Martin to two maximum sentences of 10 years in prison. The sentences will run concurrently.
“The defendant had six prior felony convictions for theft, drug- and weapons-related offenses,” said Kenda Culpepper, Rockwall County criminal district attorney. “We thought the maximum sentence was both appropriate and well deserved.”
Alex Imgrund, lead prosecutor in the case, said Martin acted as lookout during early morning break-ins at the Charles Grocery Store, 208 S. Elm St. in Royse City, and Rockwall Pawn Shop, 1789 E. Interstate 30 in Rockwall, on April 30, 2010.
Imgrund said Martin and three other men burglarized the Royse City business first — about 4 a.m. He said the men entered the store after breaking a front window with a rock. They made their getaway with cigars and cigarettes, the prosecutor said.
A passerby heard the store’s alarm and notified Royse City police.
About 45 minutes later, an alarm sounded at the Rockwall Pawn Shop. In the Rockwall incident, burglars also threw a rock through a window.
Imgrund said response time by Rockwall officers “was tremendous.”
Two suspects were arrested immediately at the scene; Martin fled, but he was arrested later hiding near the pawn shop; and the fourth crossed the interstate and was arrested in the Shenaniganz parking lot.
The three other men have pleaded guilty to state jail felony charges of burglary. They received sentences ranging from probation to one year in jail. Martin got a longer prison sentence because of his extensive criminal history.