Perry Lee Ray Ford, 49, of Red Oak, was sentenced to life in prison Friday, March 22 after being convicted by an Ellis County jury of aggravated robbery.

The seven-woman, five-man jury found the defendant guilty on march 20 of robbing a Valero convenience store clerk in Ennis at gunpoint on April 30, 2012.

During the punishment phase of the trial, the state presented evidence that the defendant had gone on a week-long crime spree that spanned three counties.

On May 2, 2012, Ford robbed a convenience store in Fairfield. On May 5, 2012, he robbed convenience stores in Teague and Corsicana.

After those robberies, a description of a gold colored Cadillac driven by a black male wearing a cap and a Dallas Maverick’s jersey was provided to surrounding law enforcement agencies.

A Palmer Police Department officer observed the vehicle on Interstate Highway 45 a short time later. The officer made a stop on the vehicle in Dallas County. When the officer asked the driver to turn the engine off, Ford sped away and a chase ensued.

Officers from Ferris Police Department and Wilmer Police Department joined the chase. Ford ultimately wrecked his vehicle and fled from officers on foot before he was apprehended.

In Ford’s vehicle, officers located a BB gun, money and a receipt from the Corsicana convenience store. In addition to store surveillance videos, the store clerk identified the defendant in photo line-ups.

The jury also learned that Ford had five prior felony convictions for robbery and aggravated robbery from Tarrant and Limestone counties. Additionally, the jury heard evidence that the defendant had committed the offenses of assault family violence and escape from custody on Oct. 2, 2011, and the offense of possession of controlled substance on march 16, 2012, all in Limestone County.

Ford still has charges pending against him in Navarro, Freestone and Limestone counties.

The Ellis County and District Attorney’s Office would like to thank the Ennis, Mexia, Teague, Fairfield and Corsicana police departments in their cooperation in bringing this career criminal to justice, stated Ann Montgomery-Moran, Ellis County assistant district attorney following Friday’s sentence.