CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Two
Corpus Christi men have been ordered to federal prison after admitting to robbery
and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, announced U.S.
Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.
Corey Alexander Newman, 26, pleaded guilty
Jan. 31, while Francisco Chavera, 22, pleaded
guilty July 8. Both admitted to their
participation in a robbery at the Texas Food Mart in the 6100 block of Williams Aug. 5,
2018, along with Matthew Joseph Bryant, 25,
and Nathealle Avori Tyrell Jones, 22, both of
Senior U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack handed Chavera a 30-month sentence for the robbery. He also received an
additional 84 months for the firearms charge which must be served consecutively
to the other sentence imposed. The sentences will be immediately followed by
five years of supervised release. Newman received a 10-month sentence for the
robbery and an additional and consecutive 36 months for the firearms charge.
The sentences will be immediately followed by three years of supervised
release. In handing down the sentences, the court noted the dangerousness of
the offense and the need to protect the public.
Senior U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack previously sentenced Bryant and Jones each to a
total of 114 months in prison as well as five years of supervised release
following completion of their sentences.
Officers responded to the aggravated robbery
and observed a vehicle matching the reported description of the suspects’
vehicle and attempted to conduct a traffic stop. The vehicle fled until
crashing into a utility pole, at which time all four occupants ran. After a
short foot pursuit, authorities arrested all four individuals.
At that time, law enforcement searched the vehicle and the surrounding area and
discovered U.S. currency, convenience store items, cigarettes, disposable
gloves and a loaded handgun with an extended magazine.
Surveillance footage at the location showed two males wearing dark clothing and
bandanas covering their faces had entered the store. As one male, who was later
identified as Bryant, stayed by the front door and pointed a handgun at the
clerk. The other male, later confirmed to be Chavera, went
behind the counter and emptied the cash register into a bag along with
cigarettes and flavored cigars. Both men then took the clerk’s cellular phone
and wallet before leaving the store and fleeing in a dark colored sedan Jones
Newman and Chavera have been and will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S.
Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
The Corpus Christi Police Department and the
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted the
investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lance Watt is prosecuting the case.