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Galveston County District Attorney's Office
News Release
Thursday, July 13, 2017

Man Sentenced to 99 Years for Aggravated Robbery Spree

GALVESTON – Galveston County District Attorney Jack Roady announced today that Leslie Demond Williams, 28, was sentenced to 99 years in prison for three charges of Aggravated Robbery with a Deadly Weapon.

On Monday, July 10, 2017 Williams’ jury trial began in the 56th District Court. During the nearly weeklong trial, the State presented multiple witness testimony and evidence that detailed the crime spree Williams committed on the night of December 9, 2016 that spanned from Texas City to Galveston.

At 9:56 pm, on December 9, 2016, Texas City Police Department (TCPD) officers responded to an armed robbery call at a Chevron gas station. The clerk had been approached by two black men while he was outside smoking a cigarette. Store surveillance video show that one man remained outside the store, acting as a look out, while the other man, later identified as Williams, entered the store with the clerk. The male outside the store was wearing a green reflective traffic vest and
blue jeans. Williams was wearing a blue hoodie, white mask, and gray sweatpants. During the robbery, Williams displayed a handgun and took money from the cash register and a cabinet.

While investigating the robbery, TCPD detectives reviewed the store surveillance video and were able to see that the gunman had a "S H" tattoo on the back side of his left hand. The tattoo was seen when he reached for the money in the cabinet. Investigators could also see that the gunman was wearing a particular type of underwear when he pulled out the gun he displayed during the robbery.

At 11:27 pm, Galveston Police Department (GPD) officers were dispatched to an armed robbery at the Lucky Way Food Store on Cove View Blvd. Video surveillance showed the same two black men, one tall and one short, enter the store. The taller male was wearing a black mask, reflective vest, UH Cougars sweatshirt, and blue jeans. The shorter male was wearing a black hoodie, white mask, gray sweatpants, and white shoes. While the taller male watched the door, the shorter male jumped over the counter, displaying a handgun. The gunman asked where the key to the safe was and then took money from the cash register and the clerk's wallet. The two men then left the store and walked to the rear of the store and left in a 4 door sedan vehicle that had been parked behind a garbage dumpster.

At 11:54 pm, Jamaica Beach Police Department (JBPD) officers were dispatched to an armed robbery at the Valero store near San Luis Pass Road. The clerk was about to close for the night when a black male entered the store. Video surveillance showed the man was wearing a white bandana over his face, a black hooded sweatshirt, gray sweatpants, and white shoes. He displayed a handgun when he entered the store at about 11:50 pm. The man told the clerk to "give [him] all
the money and it'll be cool." The gunman then jumped over the counter and pushed the clerk. He demanded all the money and threatened to shoot the clerk if the clerk was lying about being unable to open one of the store safes. The gunman took money from the clerk's wallet, the cash register, and one of the store safes before exiting at about 11:23 pm. The clerk estimated the amount stolen was about $100.

Shortly after the Valero armed robbery, GPD Patrol Officer Fraley initiated a traffic stop on a 4-door sedan vehicle, matching the description of the vehicle involved in the Galveston robbery. The vehicle was traveling east towards Galveston from Jamaica Beach. The vehicle failed to stop and instead sped across Galveston, traveling at high rates of speeds, disregarding stop lights and stop signs and driving the wrong way on one-way streets. Williams jumped out of the moving
vehicle and ran on foot before being apprehended near Ferry Road. The vehicle chase ended in the nearby neighborhood where the driver was eventually blocked in and apprehended. The driver was identified as Chazz Wigrys. In the vehicle was found a black mask. Within several feet of where Williams was apprehended, officers found a gray bag full of money and the
magazine of a .357 firearm. The magazine was loaded with four hollow point bullets.

Both Wigrys and Williams were arrested. Williams later agreed to an interview with TCPD detectives. He denied involvement in the robberies claiming it was just a "big coincidence" that he had the same tattoo, in the same location, and was arrested wearing the same type of underwear and clothing as the gunman in the video from the Texas City robbery. Williams was subsequently charged with all three robberies.

The jury heard closing arguments yesterday morning and then retired to deliberate. The jury deliberated for less than an hour before returning with a guilty verdict shortly before lunch. The punishment phase began this morning. Williams faced a punishment range of 15 to 99 years, or life, in prison because of a felony enhancement for a 2006 conviction for Aggravated Robbery in Harris County. During the punishment hearing, the State presented evidence of an additional felony conviction for Aggravated Robbery.

After considering the evidence and closing arguments the jury deliberated returning this afternoon with its verdict of 99 years, in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, on each charge. Williams will have to serve at least 30 years of his sentence before being eligible for parole.

Williams was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Adam Poole and Kiara Gradney in the 56th District Court, with Judge Lonnie Cox presiding. The investigation was conducted by the Texas City, Galveston, and Jamaica Beach Police Departments.

Williams’ co-defendant, Chazz Wigrys, has three charges of Aggravated Robbery and one charge of Evading Arrest with a Motor Vehicle pending in the 405th District Court. His cases are set for trial in August 2017.

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