It took a Grimes County jury less than a half hour to find a Navasota man guilty of two robberies in Navasota last Easter Weekend; and then less than an hour later to sentence 47-year-old Kevin Wayne Sauls to four life sentences.
Sauls was convicted of four counts in all; two counts each of aggravated robbery and aggravated kidnapping in robberies of both the Valero Store on East Washington, and the West-End Grocery on West Washington.
And since he has already made two or more trips to jail, (his recollection is that it is five) Grimes County District Attorney Tuck McLain adds that he is considered an habitual offender.
Sauls was prosecuted by assistant D.A. Jo Ann Linzer, who McLain said did a bang-up job, successfully arguing that Sauls should be removed from society to protect the community.
McLain, who has dealt with Sauls since 1989, was called upon testify of his criminal history and, therefore, had to remain on the prosecutorial sidelines.
Besides four Life Sentences, Sauls was also charged a $10,000 fine for each of them. Thanks to Texas law, however, he will be eligible for parole in 30 years, when he is 77.