Defendant who committed multiple armed robberies sentenced to six 99 year sentences. On November 6, 2014, Justin Maurice Harris was sentenced by Judge Michael Seiler after pleading guilty in the 435th District Court in Montgomery County to six counts of Aggravated Robbery, arising out of two robberies at McDonald’s restaurants in The Woodlands, Texas on October 4, 2013, and October 11, 2013.
Mr. Harris and his accomplices yielded semi-automatic pistols when they jumped through the drive thru windows at two separate McDonalds in The Woodlands. Upon entering the restaurants they pointed their weapons at employees and demanded money and access to the safe. During one of the robberies they shot multiple rounds at civilian witnesses who followed them to try to get their license plate number.
Detectives with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department Major Crimes Division investigated the case and worked with the Houston Police Department Gang Unit and Robbery Unit to develop Justin Harris as a suspect. The defendant’s cell phone records and ballistics from the bullets recovered from the scene linked Justin Harris to the robberies after he was arrested in Harris County in possession of the gun used in the Montgomery County robberies. Officers with the Houston Police Department were able to identify Justin Harris from surveillance video collected from McDonalds.
During the punishment hearing Mr. Harris admitted being involved in selling drugs, being a gang member, committing multiple other robberies, and being present at multiple shooting incidents. Since Mr. Harris used a firearm in the commission of this felony he will not be eligible for parole until he serves half of his 99 year sentence. The six 99 year sentences will run concurrently.
The case was investigated by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department Major Crimes Division, the Houston Police Department Gang Unit, and the Houston Police Department Robbery Unit.
Shanna Redwine (Prosecutor): “This sentence sends a very strong message that if you commit a violent crime in Montgomery County you will be punished accordingly. I appreciate all of the hard work of law enforcement in bringing Mr. Harris to justice.”