By LeaAnne Klentzman
On May 23, 2011, Giovany’s Flores, 18, was convicted and sentenced to 15 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and a fine of $10,000 for an Aggravated Robbery he helped commit. The 18 year-old Southwest Houston man was indicted with two co-conspirators after brutally robbing a woman as she left a neighborhood grocery store said Assistant District Attorney Amanda Bolin.
According to Assistant District Attorney Bolin, “Shakun Parti, a 61-year-old Missouri City resident, patronized the Keemat Grocery Store on Settler’s Way Blvd. in Sugar Land in the early evening of July 12, 2009. As Ms. Parti walked to her car she was attacked by two unknown men, later identified as 22-year-old Kye Jones and then 17-year-old Giovany Flores. While Jones beat her on the head and face with a handgun, Flores pulled rings from her hands and ripped her purse from her shoulder with such force that the strap broke and was left behind. The men ran to a nearby getaway car driven by Giovany’s 18-year-old brother, Daniel, but not before Jones threatened a passerby who stopped and witnessed the crime.”
As a result of the ensuing investigation, police discovered that the getaway car and the defendants were captured on surveillance video from nearby Pennison’s Pub as well as other area businesses. When authorities released videos and photographs to the media numerous tips came in to Sugar Land detectives. Also said Bolin, “Giovany Flores’ fingerprint was also lifted from a pool table he used at the pub.” Also during the investigation the gun used to commit the crime was discovered in the Flores brothers’ bedroom – still covered with Parti’s blood. Bolin went on to explain, “All three defendants gave statements to detectives admitting they were present at the scene but each minimized their own knowledge and involvement instead while blaming each other.”
As a result of her injuries at the time of the robbery, Ms. Parti was first taken to Sugar Land Methodist Hospital but due to her injuries and loss of blood, she was later transferred to Memorial Hermann Hospital in the medical center to treat her serious head injuries including bleeding in her brain. Ms. Parti has undergone multiple surgeries to repair a fractured finger which is still not completely straight nor pain free today. Parti also still experiences pain and occasional blackouts from her head injury. She testified at trial that she believed she was within an inch of losing her life that day, said Bolin.
“This is one of the most violent and heinous acts I have seen in my career. Ms. Parti wasn’t even given an opportunity to hand over her purse and jewelry before being so viciously attacked by the defendants,” said Bolin. “Not only does that merit severe punishment to the one physically attacking her (Kye Jones), but also to the one who helped him and who had no problem watching such a vicious attack without doing anything to stop it (Giovany Flores).”
Flores was prosecuted in the 240th District Court before Visiting Judge Daniel Sklar for aggravated robbery. Flores would have been eligible for probation for this aggravated robbery except that at the time he committed this crime, he was already on probation for a juvenile case, thus canceling out his eligibility for probation. Furthermore, since Flores used a firearm in the commission of this crime, he must serve at least one-half of his sentence before being considered for parole. He was given 668 days credit for the time he has spent in the county jail awaiting trial. One of his co-conspirators, Kye Jones, was also probation eligible but pled guilty prior to trial with an agreed sentence of 25 years. His brother and third co-conspirator, Daniel Flores, still has a pending case. However, according to the District Attorney’s Office he agreed to testify against Kye Jones in exchange for a recommendation of 10 years in prison.
Assistant District Attorneys Amanda C. Bolin and Andrew Herreth prosecuted the case. Attorneys Cary Faden and Michael Diaz represented the defendant.