A Houston man caught minutes after an armed robbery at the Prosperity Bank branch at Highway 21 and Texas in Bryan last year has been convicted by a Brazos County district court jury. It took the jury four hours to decide punishment for 25 year old Kydrick Benton. He asked for probation, prosecutors sought at least 50 years, and the jury decided on 38 years in prison. The money and a loaded 40 caliber semi automatic handgun were recovered near the getaway car, which was ditched in the area of 33rd and Texas. Benton was found inside a nearby tire store. He is also accused of robberies in Harris and Montgomery counties.
Also from district court, a Bryan man who was arrested earlier this month for violating conditions of his bond from an arrest almost three years ago has entered a plea agreement with prosecutors. 48 year old Donald Jones admitted to selling his prescription bottle of codeine syrup to another known drug dealer in December of 2011 and admitting to an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Jones was sentenced to 20 years in prison. The buyer, 40 year old Cedric Rhodes of Bryan, is serving 36 years following a plea deal last January to multiple charges.
A Bryan man caught stealing a parked pickup that was left running and unattended has entered a plea agreement in Brazos County district court. 19 year old Kenneth McKinney Junior was sentenced to four years for the robbery and unauthorized use of the truck. The February incident began in College Station in the parking lot of the CVS at Texas and Southwest Parkway. The victim came out of the store and jumped in the bed as McKinney pulled away. The police pursuit went into Bryan, where the victim jumped out near St. Joseph Regional Health Center, and ended in the parking lot of the Bryan AutoZone on Texas.