David Joseph Ford held a knife to the throat of the cashier of the Rattler’s Country Store in the 1800 block of South Blue Bell Road and demanded money. He fled to Waller County but his car broke down. Law enforcement officers caught him and sent him back to Washington County.
Judge Carson Campbell sentenced Ford to 20 years in prison but he could have sentenced him to 99 years or life. Assistant District Attorney Eric Berg said however, Ford was remorseful and showed law enforcement officers where the money was. He noted it was unusual for a man in his 50s to commit such a crime.
(Eric Berg, audio three)
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Berg says he doesn’t know Ford’s motivation for the crime.
Also sentenced in this week’s session of the court was a 51-year old man with a drug abuse history.
Ernest Samuel Moore of Brenham was caught with a small amount of cocaine in October of 2012. He then failed to make a court appearance. Judge Carson Campbell sentenced Moore to three years in prison for both offenses.
Thirty-six year old Christopher Ladell Tate was sentenced to 11 months in a state jail for failing to properly register as a sex offender.
Twenty-four year old Marvin Alexis Garcia was sentenced to ten years probation for a home burglary he committed in May. Judge Campbell ordered him to pay a $3000 fine, undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation, attend a drug offender education program, go to Alcoholic Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous meetins, and successfully complete an intensive outpatient program. He must also pay the $895 he stole during the burglary.