Man to Serve 25 Years in Katy Trail Robberies

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    Dominique Thornton was found guilty of three robberies on the Katy Trail, Friday he was sentenced to 25 years in prison for two robberies and 20 years for another. (Published Friday, Apr 26, 2013)

    A man convicted of three robberies on the Katy Trail has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

    Dominique Thornton was found guilty of three May 2012 attacks on people who were leaving the popular Katy Trail Ice House.

    Thornton's mother said she is outraged, saying that she didn't feel the trial was fair.

    "I can't even tell you how I feel right now," Shenikwa Thornton said. "It's like I lost my son. It's just like I lost my son, and it's not right that they're going to put all this on him."

    Thornton's attorney, Phillip Robertson, said he assured the family he did all he could.

    "There's always a lot of emotion when you have a child accused of such a serious amount of robberies," he said. "I don't begrudge them any emotion they have. They probably don't understand the technical issues."

    Thornton's mother said they would appeal.

    Prosecutors said they could not comment on the case because other cases are pending.

    There were 14 robberies on the Katy Trail last year. Police told NBC that investigators would look into the status of the other cases.

    Dominique Thornton was sentenced to 25 years each for two counts and 20 years for another count. He will serve them concurrently.