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March 14, 2013

Man’s robbery at gunpoint draws 50-year prison term

19-year-old had history of arrests leading up to armed holdup of smoke shop


The woman reported she believed the gun was loaded during the robbery and it was loaded when they located it, Weatherford Police Sgt. Wendy Field testified. 

Prosecutors presented evidence to the six-woman, four-man jury showing Bayliff received juvenile probation in 2010 for retaliation and marijuana possession.

After violating his probation, Bayliff was sent to a facility in Vernon that treats drug addiction and other issues, the assistant chief of juvenile probation testified. However, 76 days later he was discharged unsuccessfully for not progressing, not following the rules and engaging in fights with his peers.

Several weeks later, Bayliff was arrested and charged with engaging in organized criminal activity in connection with three Weatherford tobacco store burglaries, according to testimony. He served 10 months in jail.

Two weeks after his release, Bayliff was again arrested and later convicted of several misdemeanor drug charges, according to the district attorney’s office.

Shortly after his release from jail, Bayliff was jailed again for theft of a woman’s laptop.

Ten days later, he robbed the smoke shop.

“I think Bayliff’s quick returns to jail combined with the nature of the robbery created a picture in the jurors minds of a defendant with no intention of changing direction,” Catania said.  “In the three interviews Bayliff did with detectives, he never gave any indication of remorse or indicated that he had any life goals.”

Bayliff was expected to be eligible for parole in 25 years, according to Parker County District Attorney Don Schnebly.

“The sentence in this case is consistent with the stand Parker County jurors have always taken against violent crime,” Schnebly said.

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