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Beaumont man sentenced to 40 years in prison
A 20-year-old Beaumont man was convicted and sentenced Wednesday to a term of 40 years in the state penitentiary in connection with a 2013 aggravated robbery, Criminal District Attorney Cory Crenshaw said.
Terrance Edmonson and a co-defendant who is awaiting trial are accused of robbing a man at gunpoint outside his home in the 6500 block of Magnolia in Beaumont, according to reports and testimony.
KFDM News learned that Edmonson and the other individual reportedly set up the robbery under pretext to sell the victim a handgun and when they arrived at the victim's house, they immediately threatened the him with firearms and went through his pockets for the money.
When the gunmen did not find the money that was promised, a struggle ensued, Crenshaw said. The victim briefly got away and attempted to escape into his house.
Edmonson and the other gunman opened fire striking the victim four times, twice in the legs and twice in the stomach, then left him for dead.
Another resident found the victim and called 911, and Beaumont Police Department and EMS units responded.
The victim was transported to the hospital and rushed into surgery. He was in the hospital for a week post-surgery before he could be interviewed by police. After the interview he identified Edmonson as one of his attackers.
He described his ordeal in testimony before a jury during a two day trial. In addition to details of the actual shooting, he also told jurors of the death threats that were directed at him by family members and associates of both Edmonson and his co-defendant, Crenshaw said.
The jury deliberated his guilt for less than an hour before returning their verdict.
During Wednesday's punishment phase of the trial, it was revealed from Edmonson's own testimony that he was aware of various people approaching the victim to offer bribes and make threats, but said that they were "just trying to see if he was coming to court or not", Crenshaw said.
Evidence also revealed that he was already on probation for Deadly Conduct related to discharging a firearm at another person, and had been under that probation order for less than a year when he robbed and shot the current victim.
Edmonson will have to serve at least one half of his penitentiary term before he can be considered for parole under applicable parole law. Additionally, Judge Stevens ordered that he serve a 10 year sentence for the probation revocation consecutively to the 40 year sentence.