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April 3, 2008

Orange teen gets 30 years for Casa Ole robbery

By Debby Schamber

The Orange Leader

Adrian Devonne Jones, 17, of Orange, was sentenced Thursday to 30 years in prison for the January aggravated robbery of the Casa Ole restaurant on 16th Street.

Jones plead guilty to the crime March 6. He will have to serve at least half of his sentence before he is eligible for parole.

Before Judge Dennis Powell of the 163rd District Court imposed sentence on Jones, he said he took the time to carefully read the pre-sentence report thoroughly.

“I have never read a PSI more times than I have read this one,” Powell said of the document listing Jones’ previous criminal convictions.

Powell said, however, it was Jones’ own words that lead him to sentence the teen to such a lengthy time behind bars.

While Jones was testifying Wednesday, Powell gave him the chance to convince the court he was remorseful for his actions.

Jones failed at his attempt, however, by telling the judge, “I went (to Casa Ole during the robbery) to make sure nobody got hurt.” When the judge asked if he thought the cashier, Kelli Romano-Catron, who still suffers from anxiety attacks, was hurt during the robbery, Jones’ response was, “no.”

Jones’ co-defendant, Kristopher Jaraad Edwards, 19, denied a request to appear in court Thursday morning to testify on Jones’ behalf, as his testimony could incriminate him.

Edwards is set for a sentencing trial April 23. He could receive up to life in prison for his involvement in the crime.

Reach this reporter at 409-883-3571, Ext. 2613, or

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