A Wichita Falls who pleaded guity on Oct. 10 to armed robbery (Aggravated Robbery under the Texas Penal Code), was sentenced to 15 years in the Texas penitentiary system, according to an article in the Wichita Falls Times Record News today, Oct. 17. Melvin Steven Murphy, 22, found out early in life that robbing convenience stores in this city of 105,000 in North Texas is not a profitable career as his address will be changed to a place where the rent is cheap, but the living accommodations are not plush.
His move to the new home started on July 2, 2012 when a man with a gun robbed a Stripes convenience store on Southwest Parkway in this city which is a stone's throw from the Red River. Police received a call that a man shot at a customer near the store and then escaped from the crime scene.
The Wichita Falls Police Department cracked the case wide open when a second man Kadeem Dwayne Emmers was arrested in connection with the Aggravated Robbery case. Emmers " ratted out" his colleague Murphy as being an accomplice in the case. Emmers further confided to police that Murphy was also involvd in the robbery of a Whataburger restaurant in Wichita Falls in late 2012.
Murphy helped the investigation along when he confessed to his role in both the crimes. He was handcuffed by WFPD officers and escorted to a nice new home in the Wichita County Jail, also referred to as the "Wichita County Hilton."
Emmers, who "rolled over" on Murphy, pleaded guilty recently to several robberies and received a 23-year sentence for his role in the crimes.
No comments from law enforcement as to whether or not Emmers and Murphy will be allowed to enter the prison system on the "buddy plan."
Thanks to an excellent job by the Wichita Falls Police Department for stopping the string of robberies.
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