A man who pled guilty to two counts of first degree aggravated robbery has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Kirk Jones, 21, of Port Arthur, pled guilty in the 252nd District Court.

According to a news release from the office of Jefferson County District Attorney Bob Wortham, at the time of the offense Jones was on probation for a previous aggravated robbery.

According to offense reports, on Oct. 12, 2014, Beaumont Police responded to the Verizon Wireless Store at 860 IH10 in reference to a robbery. Store surveillance corroborated eyewitness testimony that five males participated in the armed robbery. During the robbery two store employees were held at gunpoint and forced to hand over merchandise including tablets and cell phones.

Assistant District Attorney Rachel Grove said, “Armed robberies are a growing problem in our community. Violent criminals should know that if you do this in Jefferson County expect to spend a significant amount of time in prison.”

Judge Raquel West sentenced Kirk Jones to 25 years in the institutional division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice on each of the new aggravated robbery cases as well as to 25 years on each of two motions to revoke his prior probation for aggravated robbery.

Jones faced between 5 to 99 years or life in prison on each first degree felony count.