Home Invasion Defendant Pleads Guilty

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HUNTSVILLE — A Huntsville man has decided to forgo trial in connection to a pair of home invasion robberies last year in Walker County.

Darrick Edward Ross, 37, pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated robbery in the 278th Judicial District Court just as jury selection was set to get underway Tuesday morning.

Acting District Judge Jerry Sandel will decide Ross’ punishment for the first-degree felony charges at a later date following a pre-sentence investigation. Ross faces five to 99 years in prison for each count.

“We are very pleased with the outcome and could not have gotten the guilty plea without folks showing up for jury duty,” District Attorney David Weeks said Tuesday. “By doing this, Mr. Ross waives his right to appeal. The victims were in the courtroom today and this is a good conclusion for everyone involved.”

Ross pleaded guilty to breaking into a residence in the 3600 block of Montgomery Road on the afternoon of Feb. 27, 2013 and a home in the 500 block of FM 1791 on Jan. 27, 2013.

A male resident at the Montgomery Road home was tied up and assaulted. Electronic items, firearms and money were reportedly stolen during the break-in.

Vashaun Xavier Scott, 37, Rendrick Lionel Taylor, 23, and Kristy Lynn Schmidt, 37, all of Houston, were also indicted on charges of aggravated robbery for the incident on Montgomery Road.

The Walker County Sheriff’s Office and Huntsville Police Department, in a joint investigation, recovered evidence at the scene that linked Ross, Scott and Taylor to the home invasion robbery on FM 1791.

The cases for Scott, Taylor and Schmidt are still pending.

“This was a great job by the Walker County Sheriff’s Office and Huntsville Police Department working together,” Weeks said. “I want to commend them for the job they did with this investigation.”