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Man sentenced to 20 years for robbery at Sherman Dollar General

Stephen Crowell, 28, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to a Sherman robbery.
Stephen Crowell, 28, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to a Sherman robbery.(KXII)
Published: May. 21, 2020 at 4:35 PM CDT
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A Van Alstyne man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to a Sherman robbery.

Police say they were called the Dollar General on N Travis St. on Sept. 11 for a robbery.

They say Stephen Crowell, 28, had gone up to the register with a note that stated he was armed and wanted money. The clerk complied and gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of money. He then left the store on foot in an unknown direction.

Prosecutors say Crowell had only been out of prison for seven days before the robbery. He had previously been sentenced to five years in 2015 for felony evading and theft.

“To this defendant, there was always an excuse or rationalization – something on which to blame his conduct. A person that commits a serious felony offense a mere seven days after being released from prison deserves to go back for an extended stay,” said Assistant District Attorney Nathan Young.

“Repeat offenders complain the most about going back to prison, but yet they get back into our community, start the same behavior, and are somehow shocked by the results,” said District Attorney Brett Smith.

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