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Hawkins Robber- Lively 5-23-09

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Hawkins robbery nets Lively 40 years

On May 11th, Carl Leonard Lively was sentenced to 40 years in prison for a robbery that took place in Hawkins in 2007.The sentence was handed down by Judge Timothy Boswell of the 402nd Judicial District Court in Wood County.
At the sentencing hearing the judge heard arguments from Criminal District Attorney Jim Wheeler on how the crime was not a victimless crime and how the victim has been greatly affected by this armed robber. The district attorney urged Judge Boswell to carefully consider the sentence and to send a message to the community that officials of the court will not welcome crimes of this nature in Wood County.
On March 24th of this year, a Wood County jury of nine women and three men found Lively guilty of aggravated robbery. The jury heard evidence of how Lively, 36, of Tyler, held an assistant manager at J.J.'s Fast Stop Exxon in Hawkins at gunpoint and forced the victim to turn over the store's money.
The victim testified that Lively was cloaked in a bandana, dark glasses and a camouflage cap. The robbery occurred in June 2007 after Lively had gone on an extensive robbery spree across East Texas, committing many aggravated robberies while driving a blue Chevy Tahoe. On his arrest, after wrecking the Tahoe, a brief case was found containing numerous Texas license plates, a handgun used during the commission of the offenses, plus clothing, hats, and bandanas.
The case was investigated by Officers A.J. Randall and Eileen Stanfield of the Hawkins Police Department as well as Chief Damian Boswell of the Gun Barrel City Police Department.
Lively has also received a life sentence from the 7th Judicial District Court in Smith County for aggravated robbery.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 May 2009 14:34  

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