Victoria man convicted of aggravated robbery
Aug. 13, 2014 at 5:36 p.m.
Updated Aug. 13, 2014 at 10:41 p.m.
A jury found a Victoria man guilty of aggravated robbery and sentenced him to 30 years in prison Wednesday.
Abelino Hernandez, 40, was convicted of robbing a store at the corner of Goodwin Avenue and Navarro Street on March 2, 2013.
He yanked a 74-year-old female employee to the front of the store, and when she couldn't open the cash register, he tried prying it open with a knife.
When he could not pry the register open, he took the cash register with him, Assistant District Attorney Eddie Wilkinson said.
Hernandez had five previous felony convictions and is a registered sex offender, Wilkinson said.
When dealing with law enforcement in Florida, he submitted a blood sample. His DNA matched the blood on the store's door handle and the knife found at the scene, Wilkinson said.
Wilkinson said the robbery was aggravated because the victim was older than 65.
Hernandez was represented by attorney Christopher Janak.
Jurors deliberated in the guilt/innocence phase of the trial for about an hour, according to court records.