Crockett Police car thief gets life in prison

Blayne Smith mug shot courtesy of Houston County Jail.
Blayne Smith mug shot courtesy of Houston County Jail.

CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) - A jury has sentenced a man who robbed a woman before driving away in a Crockett Police car to life in prison.

Court records show Blayne Lamont Smith, 39, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and criminal mischief, before going to trial on an aggravated robbery charge. The jury found Smith guilty of the robbery charge on Wednesday.

The jury then sentenced Smith to life on the robbery charge and 20 years each on the other two charges.

He will be eligible for parole after serving 30 years.

According to a previous report, Smith robbed a 67-year-old woman in downtown Crockett by knocking her down and running away with her purse.

A police officer spotted Smith behind First Baptist Church in Crockett, got out of his patrol unit and chased after Smith. Smith then doubled back, got in the patrol car and drove off.

The car was later found about an hour later with some damage to the side door and hood.

Smith was arrested later that night at his residence.

Smith has several felony convictions on his record, including a life sentence for robbery out of Ellis County, which he received parole on in September of 2010.

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