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Felony Offenders Warned

Lee County Attorney Martin Placke announced that a Lee County jury made a statement to habitual criminals: “Don’t come to Lee County to do your crime!”

A Lee County jury took just 33 minutes, after hearing three days of evidence, to convict Marc Trace Wyatt of Austin, for criminal mischief $20,000 - $100,000- Habitual Felony Offender.

Wyatt, 45 years old, was charged and arrested for damaging air conditioners by removing metal coils from the units on the roof of the Giddings Tractor Supply Store and causing over $40,000 in damages.

On Thursday, the jury heard evidence that Wyatt had been previously convicted of five other felony offenses and had received sentences totaling 45 years. The jury then sentenced him to 80 years in prison. Evidence presented during the trial was that Giddings Police Department Officer Sgt. Derek Griffin made the break in the case. He testified that he had seen an unoccupied truck parked across the street from Tractor Supply at 2:37 a.m. on the morning of the crime. The truck belonged to Wyatt.

Detective Steve Spencer investigated that lead and found that Wyatt had sold aluminum air conditioning coils in Austin at 9:13 a.m. that same day. Det. Spencer obtained a warrant for Wyatt’s arrest and Wyatt was arrested in Matagorda County. During that phase of the investigation, Det. Spencer recovered a pair of water shoes and jeans that matched prints left at the crime scene.

A Department of Public Safety forensic analyst testified that the shoes recovered were consistent with the shoe size and type left on the roof.

Judge Reva Towslee-Corbett presided over the case. Placke was assisted in the trial by Assistant County Attorney Pamela Giese. Wyatt was represented by Trey Dunne of Elgin.

Placke noted that Wyatt will not be eligible for parole until he has served fifteen years of the sentence. Placke noted that Wyatt had served fifteen years in prison from a prior conviction and that the jury did not hear evidence of two other prior felony convictions. At the time of his arrest, Wyatt was also facing theft charges out of Bastrop County.

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