Daniel Rene Delarosa, 22, was convicted of aggravated robbery and sentenced to 61 years in prison by Judge James Lagmarsino of the 13th Judicial District Court of Texas at a punishment hearing June 20, 2019.
Delarosa pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery on April 29, 2019.
At the punishment hearing, the victim, Alam Mohsin, testified.
Mohsin was working at the Kwik Stop convenience store on the night of August 12, 2018 in Rice when Delarosa and two other men robbed the store.
Delarosa shot Mohsin four times, one bullet hit him in the penis, another striking him in the testicle; two bullets struck him in the thigh, where one bullet still remains.
As he rendered the sentence, Judge Lagomarsino said that this case was the closest he has come to seeing a capital murder in his tenure as judge. He also mentioned the severe impact the callous crime has had not only on Mohsin, but his wife and daughter as well.
Judge Lagomarsino further noted that despite his young age, Delarosa had already been convicted of aggravated assault and robbery. Delarosa was on probation for a robbery out of Dallas when he shot Mohsin.
According to reports, after shooting Mohsin four times, Delarosa chased him out the front door of the store, firing at least two more shots at Mohsin as he ran away, forcing him to take cover behind a concrete barrier on Interstate 45.
Reportedly, Delarosa continued shooting at Mohsin to ensure there were no witnesses to the crime.
Delarosa and the others fled the scene and a passerby called 911.
The Navarro County Sheriff’s Office, Rice Police Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety responded and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice deployed dogs to assist with tracking the men.
After searching throughout the night and into the next afternoon, the three were arrested.
Assistant District Attorney Kenneth Leatherman handled the prosecution for the State of Texas. Chief Charles Parson, Sgt. Robert Huddleston, and Officer Trace Evan performed the investigation for Rice Police Department. Josh Healy represented the defendant.
The case against the co-defendant Griffin Hambrick-Byers, 19, is still pending.
Former Interim District Attorney Will Thompson pleaded the co-defendant Zachary Patterson, 21, to a deferred adjudicated probation despite said co-defendant giving a full confession and having been convicted of a prior felony.
Current District Attorney Will Dixon praised the investigative work of Rice PD, especially coaxing confessions out of the two co-defendants.
“Navarro County is extremely lucky to have a prosecutor as competent and passionate as Ken Leatherman,” Dixon said. “Ken made sure that Mr. Mohsin received justice.”