By Philip Jankowski
Killeen Daily Herald
BELTON - A 20-year-old Temple man was sentenced to 28 years in prison Tuesday for his role in an armed robbery that ultimately left one robber dead and a Temple police officer shot.
Andrew Domonique Chapa previously pleaded guilty to robbing a Temple Dollar General on March 6. Fellow suspect Louis Guerrero Corona Jr., 20, is awaiting trial in October.
The third suspect, Eriberto Herrera, died after exchanging gunfire with a Temple police officer.
Temple police Sgt. Brad Bennett was shot twice during a gunfight with Herrera. Bennett was hit in the lower abdomen and leg, but a Kevlar vest prevented the bullet from penetrating his stomach. He has returned to duty.
Chapa and Herrera robbed the store while Corona waited in a car outside.
An assistant manager of the Dollar General told the court the robbery affected her greatly. Marianne Crider told the court it took her more than a month before she could return to work.
After viewing surveillance footage of the robbery, she said that at the time, she thought she was going to die.
"The first thing that came to my mind is, 'Is this guy going to shoot me? (...) How is my little boy going to live without a momma?'" Crider testified.
Crider said she could no longer work at the same Dollar General location following the incident.
"I didn't like being in that store. It was too much," she said.
She testified she remains edgy and more alert of all customers.
After robbing the store, located in the 8700 block of Adams Avenue, police located a vehicle matching a witness description traveling on Airport Road. When police pulled the vehicle over, Chapa and Herrera fled on foot. Corona remained with the car and was arrested.
Police arrested Chapa nearby without incident. Herrera led Bennett down an alleyway, where they exchanged fire.
Bennett shot Herrera multiple times. Herrera died several days later in the hospital.
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