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November 30th, 2010
Dripping Springs man gets 18 years for store robbery


Richard Falcon.


A Dripping Springs man was sentenced to 18 years in prison for an aggravated robbery from a year ago.

A Hays County jury of seven women and five men deliberated for approximately five hours before returning a guilty verdict against Richard Falcon, 26. Falcon, who had a prior misdemeanor conviction for evading arrest, agreed to an 18-year prison term and was immediately sentenced by District Judge Jack Robison.

Hays County prosecutors said Falcon covered his face with a pillow case, entered the Dripping Springs Grocery brandishing a shotgun and demanded money on Nov. 24, 2009.

The shotgun discharged during an ensuing scuffle with a female patron, who wrestled the shotgun away from Falcon. However, Falcon got away with a purse containing approximately $5,000 in cash, according to police.

The female patron chased Falcon and provided authorities with a description of the get-away vehicle. In addition, the store clerk identified Falcon as a regular customer at the convenience store.  No one was injured during the robbery.

A subsequent investigation led to the arrest and grand jury indictment of Falcon.

Because a gun was used in the robbery, Falcon must serve at least nine years before being eligible for parole.

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