HARRIS COUNTY, Texas – A 25-year-old man who pointed a shotgun at children in order to rob their parents during a Sunday morning crime spree was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg made the announcement Friday.
On a Sunday in May 2018, John Michael Medina snuck up behind a couple in the parking lot of a grocery store on FM 1960, pointed a shotgun at a 7-year-old girl, threatened to kill her and demanded all the money the father had.
The father handed over $7.
Officials said Medina robbed at least three people that day.
In each robbery, he pulled out a shotgun, racked it in the victims' faces and demanded money.
“He drove around with a loaded shotgun and pointed it at two babies while robbing their parents,” said Assistant District Attorney Mikahl Abou-Sayed. “Having a gun pointed at you is traumatizing enough, but having a gun pointed at your child is unforgivable.”
In another robbery, Medina threatened to shoot a 1-year-old child.
Medina had no prior criminal record. He pleaded guilty to two aggravated robbery charges and was sentenced Thursday.