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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

One sent to prison for jewelry store robbery while other remains a fugitive

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A 25-year-old resident of Corpus Christi has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction of robbery, brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence and being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.

Leonard Reyna entered a guilty plea July 24.

Today, U.S. District Nelva Gonzalez Ramos handed Reyna a 87-month sentence for the robbery and being a felon who had a firearm. He also received an additional 84 months for the brandishing charge which must be served consecutively to the other sentence imposed. The sentences will be immediately followed by five years of supervised release.

At the time of his plea, Reyna admitted he participated in an aggravated robbery at the Corpus Christi Trade Center and another at a Stripes convenience store which involved the shooting of an innocent bystander.

On Aug. 26, 2018, Reyna approached a local jewelry store displaying a handgun and demanded several items of jewelry. After that robbery, he fled on foot and headed to the Stripes location on the 6000 block of Ayers. There, two men pointed a gun at a victim and demanded the keys to his truck. The victim refused and was later found inside the store where reported he had been shot in the left arm and stomach.

Reyna has been and will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.  

He was originally indicted along with Carlos Moreno, 26, Corpus Christi, who is charged with being involved in both robberies and with discharging a firearm.. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to contact the U.S. Marshals service at 1-800-336-0102. He is considered innocent unless and until convicted through due process of law, but remains a fugitive and a warrant remains outstanding for his arrest

The Corpus Christi Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lance Watt is prosecuting the case.

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Violent Crime
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Updated November 13, 2019