Man gets 25 years in cabbie robberies

By • on December 4, 2009

Austin American Statesman
By Steven Kreytak
Wednesday, December 2, 2009

A man charged with robbing two Austin cab drivers in January pleaded guilty today and was sentenced to 25 years in prison, prosecutor Mark Pryor said.

Joshua Powell

Joshua Powell

Joshua Ryan Powell, 23, at right, pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated robbery and one count of robbery and was sentenced by state District Judge Mike Lynch under the terms of a plea bargain with prosecutors, Pryor said. He must serve half his sentence before he is eligible for parole.

Police said that Powell and Darrell Walker, 22, robbed taxi drivers on Jan. 4 and Jan. 8. The first robbery happened at 2401 S. Lakeshore Blvd. The second happened near the intersection of East 51st Street and Springdale Road.

Charges in the cases against Walker are pending. Walker also stands charged with capital murder in the February 2008 fatal shootings of two people at an East Sixth Street bar.

Two others were also charged in those shootings that left David Tavera, 47, and Jose Ismael Contreras, 66, dead. Police said robbery was the motive.
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