A Tennessee man has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for the armed robbery of a grocery store in January 2018.

A Galveston County jury late Tuesday found Carnell Louis Dodson, 48, guilty of one count of aggravated robbery and, after further deliberation, sentenced him to the 35 years in prison, court records show.

Dodson walked into a grocery store in Texas City and tried to steal oxtails, before several employees confronted him, Assistant District Attorney Shawn Connally said.

Dodson refused to return the oxtails and forced his way out of the store by threatening employees with a knife, Connally said.

Investigators later identified Dodson through surveillance video and eyewitnesses, and Dodson later told detectives he took the oxtails but denied using a knife, Connally said.

Dodson will be eligible for parole after serving half of his sentence, Connally said.

Matt deGrood: 409-683-5230; matt.degrood@galvnews.com


(13) comments

Randy Chapman

He wanted him some oxtails bad!

Gary Scoggin

35 years seems like a heavy sentence. I assume he had a history of some sort.

James Lippert

Carnell never got the memo. Has twenty three (23) Felony and Misdemeanor convictions in Galveston County alone, lord knows how many elsewhere Has a TN address, but has spent way a lot of time in Galveston County.

Gary Scoggin

Thanks, James. This explains the heavy sentence.

Doug Sivyer

Must have been some mighty fine Ox Tails LOL.

Gary Miller

He stole oxtails but was convicted of armed robbery.

Gary Miller

What village raised this looser?

Michael Jozwiak

35 years for stealing FOOD???? How many racists on the jury???

Raylene Morgan

It's obvious he has mental issues? So you give him 35yrs! While a former city manager gets probation! Smh

Bailey Jones

Don't bring a knife to a food fight.

Rusty Schroeder

I wonder if he made oxtail stew or braised oxtail tips ?

Ron Shelby

I know that part of the reason for his sentence is the use of a knife but 35 years for a package of meat is ridiculous. Many drug dealers don’t get that when they’re carrying weapons in their car.

James Gerland

This is crazy. Obviously, the man was hungry. Theft or threats with any weapons is a concern but his crime doesn't match his sentence. Let him go!

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