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Texas Man Gets 50 Years for Robbery With Spear-Like Object

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    An East Texas man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for using a spear-like object to threaten workers during a 2012 convenience store robbery.

    A judge in Lufkin on Monday sentenced 45-year-old Calvin Rushing of Alto.

    Rushing in March was convicted of aggravated robbery in the May 2012 holdup. Investigators say Rushing held the spear-like object and had a towel on his head when he forced unharmed employees into a back room while stealing money and beer.

    Surveillance video helped lead to Rushing. Records show he has previous convictions for robbery, burglary and escape.