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PA man sentenced to 40 years for Thanksgiving Day aggravated robbery
District Attorney's Office
BEAUMONT, Texas - Port Arthur resident James Lee Botley, 32, has been sentenced to a term of forty (40) years in the state penitentiary in connection with a 2012 aggravated robbery case announced Criminal District Attorney Cory Crenshaw. According to evidence presented at trial, Botley robbed a Port Arthur convenience store early Thanksgiving morning. Botley entered the store wearing a mask and jumped over the counter with a hand gun and demanded money from the clerk.
Surveillance video captured Botley taking money from the cash register along with a bank bag and then fleeing the scene. Botley was convicted after a jury trial in the Criminal District Court (Judge John Stevens presiding).
The stolen bank bag, mask and white glove that Botley was wearing at the time of the robbery were found discarded in the streets in a nearby neighborhood. DNA evidence linked Botley to the mask and glove. Also, surveillance video from an adjacent business captured Botley approaching the store just before he donned his face mask.
The trial in the Criminal District Court (John Stevens presiding) was heard by a jury over the course of four (4) days, handing up their guilty verdict late Wednesday afternoon and their punishment verdict came Thursday afternoon. The sentence handed down requires that Botley serve at least half of his sentence before he can even be considered for parole.
Prosecutors Bobby Ortego and Brittanie Holmes presented the case for Jefferson County, working from an investigative case file put together by the Port Arthur Police Department. Ortego said, "This jury sent a strong message that they will not tolerate this type of violent crime in our community, and they have put any future criminals on notice."