Michael Avory Hayles pleaded guilty to engaging in organized criminal activity, a first-degree felony, and was sentenced by 241st District Judge Jack Skeen Jr. to deferred adjudication probation. If he completes the terms of his probation, the conviction could be wiped from his record. The second-degree robbery charge against Hayles was dismissed in the plea agreement.
Hayles' co-defendant, Jamon Nicholas Taylor, 18, of Tyler, pleaded guilty in July to the same charge, and was sentenced to 35 years in prison.
The robbery took place Jan. 27 at the store at Van Highway and West Gentry Parkway.
Kazmi testified he closed his store recently because business had been slow and because he has been scared since the robbery.
The two other suspects identified in the robbery were Stephen Ray Sadler, 18; and Prince Kentrell Hull, 18.
Hull and Sadler each pleaded guilty July 30 to engaging in organized criminal activity. Hull was sentenced to 15 years in prison while Sadler received a 20-year prison sentence.