NEW BRAUNFELS — The gunman in the armed robbery and shooting at a local gas station/convenience store in August accepted a deal Tuesday guaranteeing the 20-year-old will spend at least a quarter of a century behind bars, a prosecutor said.

Jon Scott Young of New Braunfels pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery and unlawful use of a firearm by a convicted felon, said Sammy McCrary, Comal County chief felony prosecutor. District Judge Jack Robison sentenced Young to 50 years in the state penitentiary.

“I’m pleased with the outcome,” McCrary said. “He’ll have to serve at least 25 years before he’s even eligible for parole. That’ll keep him off the streets for a while.”

He said Robison gave Young 10 years in the penitentiary for the arms possession, which will be served concurrently with the robbery sentence. McCrary said Young was the shooter in the holdup that netted the robbers $225. Young faced up to life in prison, McCrary said.

The robbery occurred at the Shell Pit Stop, 3201 I-35 S. at Rueckle Road, early on Aug. 31. Two men rushed into the store and demanded cash. Once they received the money, police said, one of the men fired a single shot and wounded Christopher Allen Paddick, of Cibolo, a store clerk.

Paddick, who took a bullet to the upper left part of his chest, was released from the hospital the day after the shooting, police said.

Will Carver Holley, Young’s accomplice, pleaded guilty Nov. 10 to aggravated robbery and theft, and Judge Gary L. Steel sentenced him to 40 years in prison. Police arrested Young and Holley two days after the crime.

Police surveillance of Young and Holley led to a traffic stop in the 200 block of W. Faust St. Each was arrested on unrelated charges and later booked for the robbery, police said.

Officers said they recovered a revolver similar to the one used in the shooting.

McCrary said Robison ordered Young to pay a $5,000 fine and restitution of $31,825 to Midtex Oil, corporate owner of the Shell station Young and Holley robbed.

Young’s attorney, Wayne Huff of Boerne, could not be reached for comment.

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Jim ALSTON

Young got a break! He should have been charged with and convicted of attempted first degree murder. 25 years in jail for attempting to assasinate a cooperative victim in cold blood is a slap in the face of all that's reasonable and right.

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