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Life in Prison for 23yr old Sherman Man

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SHERMAN, TX -- (Press Release) On Wednesday, April 4th, a Grayson County jury sentenced Ashick Katrel Cross, 23, of Sherman, to life in prison after convicting him of a charge of Aggravated Robbery.

Sherman Patrol Officers Kevin Hudson and Steve Northington responded to a report of a daytime robbery on April 1, 2011 at Sam's Club near US 75 and Highway 82. Upon their arrival, the officers were advised the one of the suspects had pistol whipped a female customer, taken her purse, and jumped in a vehicle driven by another man. An attentive citizen followed the suspects' vehicle, described as a blue Dodge Neon with shoe polish writing on the back window, and began calling 911. Based on this information Sherman officers began attempting to locate the vehicle, but were unsuccessful. The following night, based on information from the initial investigation, Officer Chris Carson stopped a blue Dodge Neon with shoe polish writing on the back window, and arrested the driver, John Wayne Humbard for an outstanding traffic warrant.

Sherman Detectives Shawn Kelly and Riley Day took over the investigation and discovered the victim's credit card had been used at WalMart in Denison immediately following the robbery. Video surveillance tapes from WalMart showed the person using the credit card was Humburd, the same person arrest from the traffic stop in the suspect vehicle. Police interviewed Humburd, who admitted to driving the car at the time of the robbery, but identified a person he knew only as "Shick" as the man who had pistol whipped the victim and stolen her credit card. Based on further investigation and interviewing additional witnesses the detective identified Ashick Cross as the other suspect.

During the trial, the victim positively identified Cross as the person who forced her into her vehicle. The victim testified she saw what she believed to be a gun and began to resist her attacker. The victim testified she heard a "click" and then Cross began to strike her repeatedly about the face with the gun. Additional witness testified about statements Cross made bragging about the robbery and his behavior immediately following the robbery. Witnesses also identified Cross from the WalMart surveillance tapes. Assistant District Attorney Brett Smith argued to the jury that testimony from these and other witnesses also proved that Cross had attempted to shoot the victim in the process of robbing her, but the gun had misfired. The jury deliberated less than one hour before finding Cross guilty of Aggravated Robbery.

Punishment evidence presented to the jury indicated Cross had a previous conviction for Assault on a Public Servant for which he served three years in prison. The jury also learned Cross had a been committed to the Texas Youth Commission as a juvenile. During Cross' four year stay at TYC he committed numerous assaults and had escaped from a halfway house in Dallas. Following that escape Cross committed an Aggravated Assault in Tennessee.

"The jury clearly wanted to send a message to the Defendant and our community for a violent and premeditated crime committed in broad daylight. The jury did not want to risk another citizen being harmed by this Defendant," said Smith.

District Attorney Joe Brown commended the jury's sentence in this case. "Grayson County juries do not like repeat offenders. This guy had a history, and the evidence showed he tried to kill this lady." Assistant District Attorney Donnie Carter assisted Smith in the prosecution. Cross was represented by Sherman attorneys Rick Dunn and Jim Dunn.