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Man sentenced to 50 years behind bars
JEFFERSON COUNTY - A Jefferson County Judge has decided not to give an 18 year old from Port Arthur another chance at freedom.
Judge Layne Walker revoked the teen's bond on three robberies convictions and sentenced him to half a century behind bars.
Police say the teen is a person of interest in a shooting death.
Judge Layne Walker sentenced 18 year old Telly Roshard Joyce to 50 years behind bars.
“I think if you get put on probation for serious offense and you get a second opportunity and you commit new offenses that you need to be held accordingly,” said Marcelo Molfino.
Marcelo Molfino agrees with the Judge’s decision.
He is a detective with the Port Arthur Police Department and helped arrest Joyce on April 2nd from his mother's home.
"We believe him to be involved in the first shooting," said Molfino
Police believe Joyce is a person of interest in the murder investigation of Marcus John Senegal. Someone shot and killed Senegal in front of the Old School Shack on Houston Avenue in Port Arthur at 3:30 am, Saturday March 30th.
Joyce admitted to the Judge he was there.
That violated his probation.
“When someone is given a 2nd opportunity to better yourself and you commit new offenses you need to be held accountable,” said Molfino.
Molfino says that Saturday morning shooting started a rival war.
During a 72 hour period, two hundred bullets were fired and several people were injured at the Prince Hall and Carver Terrace apartments.
“The propensity for violence is growing and we all need to take an active point in making our city and citizens safer,” said Molfino.
Molfino says now one violent person is behind bars and it’s just a matter of time until everyone responsible for the shootings are in jail.
Joyce is not yet charged with any of the shootings at the Port Arthur nightclub.