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Convicted pool hall robber sentenced to life in prison

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A Beaumont man was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday following his conviction in a 2012 aggravated robbery.

According to a news release issued by Jefferson County Criminal District Attorney Cory Crenshaw, Isaiah Rideaux, 53, of Beaumont, was handed the life sentence for the December 29, 2012 robbery.  The same jury that handed down the maximum sentence convicted him Tuesday following a one day trial.  The case was decided in the 252nd District Court.

According to a probable cause statement and courtroom testimony, on December 29, 2012, Rideaux went to a pool hall located in the 1700 block of College Street just before it opened at 10 a.m. Acting like a regular customer, he entered the business, then pulled a pistol on the victim. To his surprise, she pulled her own pistol, then swept his feet out from under him. He struggled with the victim until he got control of her weapon. She told him where the money was, then pulled another gun from under the counter and fired at him twice as he escaped with a little over $2000.00.

Beaumont Police officers quickly arrived on the scene and found the suspect close by shortly after the original call. He eventually led them to the bank bag and both his gun and the gun he had taken from the victim.  Later that same day, he confessed to his crime to authorities.

Rideaux faced between 25-99 years or life in the penitentiary due to two previous convictions which including the crimes of robbery, burglary and drug dealing.  Aggravated Robbery is normally a first degree felony punishable by 5-99 years or life in prison.  Based upon applicable parole law, Rideaux must serve 30 years before being considered for parole.

Following the sentencing, Assistant Criminal District Attorney Clint Woods stated, “The defendant was a career criminal and thanks to the hard work of law enforcement, the brave actions of the victim, and the decision by the jury, this criminal won’t ever be back on our streets again.  This verdict is one more example of how the cost of doing business is going up for criminals in Jefferson County.”

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