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Lonnie Jack Lee, 35, of Rowlett, Texas received 40 years in prison on Thursday for an aggravated robbery at the Days Inn hotel in McKinney, T
exas, announced Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis.
Jury trial testimony revealed that in the early hours of January 1, 2012, Lonnie Lee, Summer Jones, and Megan Whitney went to the Days Inn and robbed Ferris Short, a guest at the hotel. Short had earlier called Jones inviting her to visit him to celebrate the New Year and to use drugs. After Jones came over to the room, Short soon kicked her out when he caught her trying to steal his money. Summer Jones returned to the room 45 minutes later with Lonnie Lee and Megan Whitney and knocked on door. When Short looked through a window, he only saw Jones, so he opened the door. Lonnie Lee rushed into the room attacking Short by repeatedly punching and kicking him in the face while Summer Jones and Megan Whitney took his wallet, money and drugs. Short suffered a broken jaw in two separate places and permanent paralysis on the left side of his face.
At the punishment phase of the trial, evidence was presented that showed this was not the first Aggravated Robbery committed by Lonnie Lee. He was sentenced to five years in prison in 1997 for Aggravated Robbery. After being released, Lee committed another Robbery in 2002 and was sentenced to prison for six years. Prosecutors were able to use these prior convictions in order to enhance the punishment range from a five year minimum to a 25 year minimum for this repeat violent offender. Lee will not be eligible for parole until he serves 20 years of his 40 year sentence.
Assistant Criminal District Attorneys Blake Glover and Cynthia Walker prosecuted the case and they were aided by District Attorney Investigator Kenneth Moore. The case was investigated by McKinney Police Detectives Paul Hardin and Roy Baxter. Retired District Judge James Fry presided over the case.