Vernon man gets 75 years for Aggravated Robbery

Vernon man gets 75 years for Aggravated Robbery

VERNON, TX (KAUZ) - A Vernon man was sentenced Tuesday morning to 75 years in prison for Aggravated Robbery.

Edwin Louis Akes, 52, was sentenced in the 46th Judicial District Court in Wilbarger County.

Last week, Akes was convicted by a Wilbarger County jury of pistol-whipping a 73-year-old victim in a robbery on March 4, 2017, near downtown Vernon.

According to a release, on that day Akes flagged down the victim to ask for a ride.

When the victim refused, Akes pulled out what looked to be a pistol and demanded the victim's wallet. When the victim refused, Akes began beating the victim on his head with the butt of the gun.

The attack left the victim with cuts to his head and face. Officials said several bystanders tried to intervene but Akes pointed the gun in their direction to keep them away.

After Akes pulled the wallet from the victims pocket, he dropped the pistol and ran from the scene. The pistol later turned out to be a BB gun.

Akes was found by police shortly after in a nearby apartment and a bloody shirt seized for evidence was found to have the victim's DNA on it.

During the punishment hearing, District Attorney, Staley Heatly showed evidence of Akes' 12 prior felony convictions in Tarrant County.

Those convictions included murder, attempted murder, burglary, and injury to a child.

Akes will not be eligible for parole until he has served 30 years of his sentence.

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