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From the Parker County District Attorney’s Office
A Parker County jury sentenced a 19-year-old Weatherford man to 50 years in prison for robbing a Weatherford smoke shop at gunpoint in a trial that concluded in district court in Weatherford Tuesday evening.
Jaggar Lee Bayliff pled guilty to aggravated robbery on Monday and elected to have a jury determine his punishment.
Jurors watched the July 1, 2012 robbery occur in real time on the store’s surveillance camera and had the chance to hear the victim’s emotional call to 911 following the robbery during the presentation of evidence on Tuesday.
“The victim testified that, during the robbery, all she could think about was that she had to get home to her daughter,” said Assistant District Attorney Jeff Swain, who prosecuted the case with Assistant District Attorney Kathleen Catania. “She said that she became even more fearful when she saw the gun shaking in Bayliff’s hand because she knew that he was nervous and thought he might shoot her even if he didn’t intend to.”
In the video, Bayliff was seen entering the store wearing a bandana covering his nose down to his neck. The victim still could identify Bayliff, though, because of a large tattoo he had which ran down the entire left side of his face, she said. She had also seen him outside the store minutes before the robbery and recalled seeing him there several times before, though she did not know his name.
After the robbery, the clerk called 911 and, though crying, detailed what had happened to her. She testified that he got away with around $200 and several packets of what was being sold as potpourri at the time but is now known to be illegal K-2.
“Weatherford police know their city and, when they heard the description of the robber, knew pretty quickly who had likely committed the crime,” Swain said. “When they found him two days later, he admitted robbing the store, though he would not tell detectives where the gun he used was located.”
During the trial, prosecutors introduced evidence showing that Bayliff had received a juvenile probation in 2010 for a felony retaliation offense and a misdemeanor marijuana charge. Within two weeks, he had violated that probation by possessing marijuana at Weatherford High School and was sent to a facility that treats juveniles with drug and other problems.
According to testimony from a juvenile probation officer, after nearly three months, Bayliff was terminated from that program for starting fights and making no progress beyond the program’s first phase.
Less than two months later, Bayliff was arrested for engaging in organized criminal activity for three smash and grab burglaries of Weatherford area tobacco stores. He served ten months in a state jail for that charge. Shortly after his release, he was arrested and later convicted of several misdemeanor drug possession charges. Two weeks after release from jail on those charges, Bayliff was back in jail for stealing a woman’s laptop computer. About ten days later, he committed the robbery for which he was being tried.
“I think Bayliff’s quick returns to jail combined with the nature of the robbery created a picture in the jurors’ minds of a defendant with no intention of changing direction,” Catania said. “In the three interviews Bayliff did with detectives, he never gave any indication of remorse or indicated that he had any life goals.”
Bayliff will be eligible for parole in 25 years, said Parker County District Attorney Don Schnebly.
“The sentence in this case is consistent with the stand Parker County jurors have always taken against violent crime,” Schnebly said.
The case was tried in the 43rd Judicial District Court with District Judge Craig Towson presiding.