COUNTY of GALVESTON
Criminal District Attorney
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 21, 2013
GALVESTON – Guillermo Munoz, found guilty of aggravated robbery by a jury on June 20, 2013, was sentenced today to 30 years in prison Wednesday.
On March 8, 2012, Munoz used his lunch break to hold up the Ocean Food Store near UTMB. Surveillance video showed that Munoz entered the store and brought chips, a drink and a sandwich to the counter while he waited for other customers to leave. Once he was alone in the store with the clerk, Munoz held the clerk at gun point and demanded money. The clerk fended Munoz off from behind the counter with a stool and Munoz fled the scene.
Police were able to identify Munoz from a surveillance video and the fingerprints he left on the items he touched. Munoz was arrested that same evening around 8:00 pm after leading police on a chase in his vehicle.
Munoz went to trial earlier this summer, with the jury in the 122nd District Court finding him guilty of aggravated robbery on June 20th.
During the punishment hearing held this week, District Court Judge John Ellisor heard additional evidence presented by prosecutors Matt Shawhan and Joseph Frank before sentencing the defendant to 30 years in prison earlier today.
In 2003, Munoz was sentenced to eight years in prison for a previous aggravated robbery.
In addition to the Armed Robbery charge Munoz was charged with Evading Arrest in a Vehicle, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, and Possession of a Controlled Substance.
He was being held in the Galveston County Jail in lieu of bonds totaling $400,000.00