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May 8, 2014

PA man sentenced to 40 years for 2012 aggravated robbery

BEAUMONT — Port Arthur resident James Lee Botley, 32, was sentenced to 40 years in the state penitentiary in connection with a 2012 aggravated robbery case.

According to evidence presented at trial, Botley robbed a Port Arthur convenience store early Thanksgiving morning, according to a press release from the Jefferson County District Attorney’s office.

Botley entered the store wearing a mask and jumped over the counter with a hand gun and demanded money from the clerk. Surveillance video captured Botley taking money from the cash register along with a bank bag and then fleeing the scene. Botley was convicted after a jury trial in the Criminal District Court with Judge John Stevens presiding.

The stolen bank bag, mask and white glove that Botley was wearing at the time of the robbery were found discarded in the streets in a nearby neighborhood. DNA evidence linked Botley to the mask and glove. Also, surveillance video from an adjacent business captured Botley approaching the store just before he donned his face mask.

The trial in Stevens’ court was heard by a jury over the course of four days, handing up their guilty verdict late Wednesday afternoon and their punishment verdict came Thursday afternoon. The sentence handed down requires that Botley serve at least half of his sentence before he can even be considered for parole.

Prosecutors Bobby Ortego and Brittanie Holmes presented the case for Jefferson County, working from an investigative case file put together by the Port Arthur Police Department.

“This jury sent a strong message that they will not tolerate this type of violent crime in our community, and they have put any future criminals on notice,” Ortego said.

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