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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, May 4, 2018

Lewisville Man Sentenced to 62 years in Federal Prison for Home Invasions/Carjackings

PLANO, Texas – A 27-year-old Lewisville, Texas man has been sentenced to 62 years in federal prison for violent crimes in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown today.

­­­­­ Jermaine Webster Harris was found guilty by a jury on May 25, 2017, of multiple federal charges and was sentenced to 744 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone in Plano.  Harris was convicted of 17 federal charges which included multiple violations of carjacking; conspiracy to carry a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence; possession of a firearm during a violent crime; conspiracy to commit theft of firearms; theft of firearms; conspiracy to possess stolen firearms; and possession of stolen firearms. 

            According to information presented in court, Harris, along with his co-defendants, committed numerous home invasion robberies, burglaries, and two carjackings in and around Plano and Frisco, Texas.  Harris was armed during the carjackings.  He was indicted on Feb. 11, 2016, by a federal grand jury.  Harris’ co-defendants all pleaded guilty and have already been sentenced.  Alton Marshall, 26, of Frisco, Texas, was sentenced to 141 months in federal prison; Derek Polk, 28, of Irving, Texas was sentenced to 240 months in federal prison; and Kenneth Cash, 31, of the Colony, Texas, received a sentence of 300 months.  Harris was the only defendant who proceeded to trial.  Testimony during trial revealed that Harris was the ring-leader of these violent acts and that he recruited others to assist in the commission of the crimes.           

            “These were violent crimes, and this defendant terrorized many people,” said U.S. Attorney Brown.  “These are the kind of violent offenders that the Justice Department will continue to prioritize for prosecution.”           

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Bedford Police Department, the Plano Police Department, the Frisco Police Department, and the Lewisville Police Department.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Tracey Batson and Ernest Gonzalez.

 

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Violent Crime
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Updated May 7, 2018