Court: Lufkin man sentenced for attempted robbery

Photo courtesy: Angelina Co. Jail
Photo courtesy: Angelina Co. Jail

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – A Lufkin man arrested for using a knife to try to rob a woman on Second Street has been sentenced to 180 days in the Angelina County Jail.

Freddie Lee Burney, 55, will be credited with time he has already served in jail.  The sentence is the result of a plea bargain agreement which reduced the original aggravated robbery charge to a misdemeanor.  Prosecutors said the main witness to the crime was not reliable.  Burney accepted the plea deal.

A woman said a man, later identified as Burney, displayed a knife and attempted to take cash from her hand, on the 900 block of South Second Street. But when the woman ran, so did Burney, according to a police report.

Police later tracked down Burney at the intersection of Finley Avenue and South Second Street. He was carrying two hydrocodone tablets that had not been prescribed to him, according to the report. Burney told police he and the woman had been selling prescription drugs and the woman refused to pay him his portion.

The report states Burney discarded the knife and officers were not able to find it. However, officers did not find reason to believe Burney, nor to not believe the woman and arrested Burney.

A witness provided the same account as the woman, according to the report.

Burney was originally charged with aggravated robbery and possession of a dangerous drug.

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