DALLAS— A Dallas man, Jerry Ware, who admitted that he and his accomplice, Kevin Howard, committed the armed robberies of five 7-Eleven/RaceTrac stores in Dallas in October 2014, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade to serve 312 months (26 years) in federal prison, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.
Ware, 27, pleaded guilty in July 2015 to two counts of using, carrying, brandishing and discharging a firearm during or in relation to a crime of violence. Co-defendant Howard, 23, also of Dallas, pleaded guilty in April 2016 to one count of the same offense. In Howard’s plea agreement, the parties agree that the appropriate term of imprisonment in his case is 300 months, if the Court accepts the plea agreement. His sentencing is set for October 5, 2016.
According to documents filed in the case, the two committed five armed robberies in Dallas on October 24, 2014, and into the early morning hours of October 25, 2014, at the following locations:
October 24, 2014, 11:51 p.m. 7-Eleven store 2223 S. Beckley
October 25, 2014, 12:10 a.m. RaceTrac store 8124 Forest Lane
October 25, 2014, 12:35 a.m. 7-Eleven store 9320 Skillman
October 25, 2014, 12:50 a.m. 7-Eleven store 10340 Forest Lane
October 25, 2014, 1:20 a.m. 7-Eleven store 14801 Coit Road
All of these five robberies were committed in essentially the same manner, including Ware’s use and brandishing of the silver loaded firearm to threaten and force the store clerks to comply with his demands, while Howard stayed in the car as the getaway driver.
Howard also admitted that after this robbery spree, on October 28, 2014, he, on his own, committed the armed robbery of a 7-Eleven store at 10340 Forest Lane – the same store he and Ware robbed on October 25, 2014. Howard entered the store, brandished a loaded firearm, and demanded the cash-register money from the clerk. Minutes after the robbery, officers with the Dallas Police Department identified and arrested him. Inside the car, pursuant to a search warrant, law enforcement found the clothing Howard used in the robbery and the firearm, a loaded, chrome-colored Jimenez Arms, Model JA Nine, 9mm pistol.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Dallas Police Department. Deputy Criminal Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney Lisa J. Dunn is prosecuting the case.