Dallas man sentenced to 20 years in connection with Sherman Airgas burglary
SHERMAN, Texas (KXII) -- Martinez Rubio, 40, of Dallas, was sentenced to 20 years in prison and fined $10,000 on Wednesday for engaging In organized criminal activity.
Rubio was also ordered to pay $157,335 in restitution.
Rubio pleaded guilty on the first day of his trial, and elected to have a Grayson County jury determine his sentence. The sentence and fine assessed by the jury were both the maximum allowed by law. After two and half days of testimony and the jury’s verdict, Judge Jim Fallon, who presided over the trial, sentenced Rubio and ordered him to pay $157,335 in restitution.
Rubio and a group of five men, ages 19-28 years old, were arrested June 1, 2015 for burglarizing the Airgas building on Baker Road in Sherman. When they were stopped by Sherman Police, Van Alstyne Police, and the Texas Department of Public Safety, authorities discovered nearly $20,000 in welders had been stolen.
“We presented evidence and testimony from nearly 20 different law enforcement agencies in Texas and Oklahoma,” said Assistant District Attorney Brett Smith. “We were able to show the jury what was really a massive burglary ring.”
The group was under investigation by the Texas DPS for dozens of smash and grab burglaries throughout the DFW Metroplex.
According Grayson County District Attorney Joe Brown, these crimes occurred from Ardmore, Okla. to Sherman, McKinney, Allen, Plano, Richardson, Rowlett, Arlington, and Colleyville.
Rubio will be eligible for parole after serving 10 years of his sentence. Charges against four of the five other suspects in the case are still pending, with one suspect having been convicted and sentenced to prison in 2015.