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Stubblefield gets 20 years for fireworks stand robbery
Polk County Enterprise - February 2009
LIVINGSTON — Andrew Stubblefi eld was sentenced to 40 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for aggravated robbery by District Judge Elizabeth Coker on Feb. 3. Stubblefi eld was convicted of robbing a family-owned fi reworks stand at gunpoint June 30, 2006. Five members of the family, including a 3-month-old child and her parents, were threatened with the gun unless they gave Stubblefi eld money. The victims gave him a money box containing about $300. Stubblefi eld took off running, but one of the victims retrieved his own pistol and chased after him. The victim came across a car parked nearby and confronted the driver, Edward George. Within moments, Stubblefi eld also arrived at the car and attempted to get into the vehicle. At that time, the victim confronted Stubblefi eld and held him until law enforcement arrived. A Polk County Sheriff’s Deputy arrived and arrested Stubblefi eld for aggravated robbery. Due to Stubblefi eld’s young age at the time and his lack of adult criminal history, he was sentenced to 10 years deferred adjudication and placed on probation. Soon thereafter, he violated the terms of his probation and was placed in a youthful offender residential program in Harris County. Stubblefi eld was kicked out of that program for fi ghting with a fellow inmate and then sentenced to six months in the Polk County jail as a condition of probation. After his release from jail he again violated his probation. On Feb. 3, a hearing was held before Coker. Stubblefi eld’s probation offi cer and one of his victims was examined by Assistant Criminal District Attorney Kaycee Jones. Tom Selman, a constable for Angelina County Precinct 4, testifi ed about Stubblefi eld’s reaction when he arrested him for the probation violations. Stubblefi eld gave him a false name, yelled, cursed and resisted Selman’s attempts to place him under arrest. At the conclusion of the testimony, Coker sentenced Stubblefield, now 20 years old, to 40 years in prison. “The Polk County District Attorney’s Office is extremely pleased with Judge Coker’s sentence,” Jones said. “At the time the robbery took place the DA’s office consulted with the victims and everyone agreed because Stubblefield was only 17 years old he should have a chance to turn his life around so he was placed on probation.” “Many young defendants deserve a second chance and the DA’s office is willing to give those people a chance, but when their actions demonstrate they will not take advantage of the opportunity, we will take action to protect our community,” Jones said. Since Stubblefield was convicted of an aggravated robbery — a violent offense — he must serve at least half of the sentence before he is eligible for parole, according to Jones.