Gilbert Guilty in Restaurant Robbery

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The verdict is in for an armed bandit involved in one of the highest-profile crimes in recent history. Stephen Gilbert was found guilty Friday evening of aggravated robbery.

The 32-year-old was one of two men involved in a shootout at the Taqueria Arandas restaurant in Bryan back in December 2004. His accomplice, Michael Hall, was shot and killed by police after threatening a hostage he was using as a human shield.

The defense claimed Hall had forced Gilbert to commit the robbery, but jurors saw it differently. They deliberated for around five hours before reaching the guilty verdict.

The punishment phase begins Tuesday. Gilbert faces up to life in prison.