VIDEO: Alto man gets 50 years, spear-like object used to rob

Published on Tuesday, 29 April 2014 11:05 - Written by

LUFKIN (AP) — 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.