Man sentenced to 30 years in prison for aggravated robbery

Jessica Priest By Jessica Priest

March 3, 2014 at 7:02 p.m.
Updated March 2, 2014 at 9:03 p.m.

A man convicted of almost getting away with $70 from a Victoria Fastop store was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Marcus Allen Bergh, 25, was found guilty Friday of aggravated robbery. He was also ordered to pay a $10,000 fine, according to court records.

The jury also found Bergh guilty of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and sentenced him to 10 years in prison with a $2,500 fine, according to court records.

Bergh was represented by attorney Arnold Hayden, who could not be reached for comment Monday.

Bergh was arrested in August. He was outside the store at 2107 Lone Tree Road in the getaway car. Another man fired a gun inside but did not shoot anyone, Assistant District Attorney Eddie Wilkinson said.

Police were investigating a separate robbery call when the call at Fastop came through. Victoria Police Officer Blair Cerny responded and was flagged down by the clerk outside. He arrested Bergh about a mile down the road.

Bergh had been out of prison for about five months following release for an aggravated assault charge. Although he has ties to Louisiana and Atlanta, Ga., Bergh came to Victoria to join gang members he met while in prison in Smith County. The other man is still at large, Wilkinson said.

"We have his DNA. He was injured fleeing and left bloody items behind," he said.

The range of punishment for the aggravated robbery charge, a first-degree felony, was from 15 to 99 years or life in prison because he had a prior felony conviction, he said.

"He knew what the other person was doing and knowingly helped them," Wilkinson said.

Judge Robert C. Cheshire presided over the trial.



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