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Jury convicts jail escapee of robbery, assault
A jury has found Jordan Robert Lewis guilty of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and aggravated robbery in connection with his March 3, 2012, escape from the Wilson County Jail. The jury rendered its decision March 26, just two days after the trial began.
According to Assistant District Attorney Audrey Louis of the 81st Judicial District, 218th Judicial District Court Judge Stella Saxon is set to sentence Lewis when he returns to court May 2.
The 30-year-old Lewis was sentenced on Jan. 13 to serve concurrent 18-year prison sentences for escape and for evading arrest or detention with a motor vehicle, after he earlier pled guilty to both charges related to the same incident. He also was given 20 months in prison for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
Court documents indicate that Lewis was being held in the jail in 2012 in connection with an unrelated burglary charge. He was one of two trustys accompanying a jail cook to dump trash on the day of the incident when he fled on foot from the Wilson County Criminal Justice Center. Lewis ran to the Casa Solana convenience store at the Shell gas station at the corner of U.S. 181 and Standish Street, where he carjacked then-72-year-old Carolyn Orth.
From there, he led law-enforcement personnel on a pursuit that ended on I-37 in Atascosa County, where he was taken into custody.
Louis said that the aggravated robbery charge is a first-degree felony. While the assault charge usually is prosecuted as a second-degree felony, this count is enhanced due to Lewis having served time in prison in Colorado related to two convictions in 2005. Therefore, he could receive up to life in prison on each of the charges.
In addition to awaiting trial on the burglary charge, Lewis also is awaiting trial in Bexar County related to charges of burglary of a habitation and aggravated assault, Louis said.
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