(McKINNEY, Texas) -- Jason McKinzie, 30, of Plano, was sentenced Friday to 50 years for breaking into a man’s home and robbing him at gunpoint, announced
Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis.
McKinzie and co-defendant Ruben Solis went to the victim’s apartment on the evening of Nov. 25, 2012. McKinzie kicked in the front door, and entered with a rifle, and Solis followed behind. McKinzie stood near the victim holding the rifle on him while Solis searched through the apartment looking for items of value. After grabbing cell phones, computers, and video games, Solis and McKinzie left the apartment and took off.
Due to the commotion during the robbery, neighbors called 911. Plano police officers arrived as Solis and McKinzie were leaving the apartment complex. Solis, who was driving the car, attempted to elude the police while the stolen items and the rifle were thrown from the moving car. Plano Officer Billy Chilton pursued and Solis eventually stopped the car. McKinzie and Solis, along with another co-defendant, Daniel Bortell, were arrested for aggravated robbery. McKinzie was also charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. Plano detectives Bill Washington, Jon Hoffman, and Mark McClendon investigated the case.
McKinzie pleaded guilty on Friday, July 25, 2014, without a plea bargain agreement. Judge Scott Becker heard evidence regarding punishment on Friday, Aug. 1. After hearing the evidence, the judge sentenced McKinzie to 50 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for the aggravated robbery and 10 years for the unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. The sentences will run concurrently.
Assistant Criminal District Attorney Sarah Preston prosecuted the case and was assisted by District Attorney Investigator Dale Dowdy.
This new release is distributed on behalf of the District Attorney; please refer any questions to Bill Dobiyanski, 972-548-4335.