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Duo's Crime Spree Included Several Robberies. But When They Found A 28-Year-Old Alone In A Car, They Shot Him Dead.

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Source: Harris County District Attorney's Office

Nov. 2 2022, Published 2:23 p.m. ET

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A duo’s crime spree across Houston included armed robberies and a fatal carjacking. Now, it will be decades before either is free.

Last month, a Texas judge sentenced Jamal Ferguson, 27, to life in prison on a capital murder charge. He was convicted after a weeklong trial. Co-defendant Eric Guzman previously pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced to 40 years in prison.

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The two killed 28-year-old Michael Aldana in April 2015 during a carjacking, according to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.

The two men’s crime spree started around 7 p.m. on April 4, 2015, when they robbed a healthcare worker in the parking lot of a nursing home, according to prosecutors. The victim fled in her car, and the suspect shot at her, striking the hood.

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Then the two jumped a fence and robbed another woman, taking her car, according to prosecutors.

The two men’s crime spree started around 7 p.m. on April 4, 2015, when they robbed a healthcare worker in the parking lot of a nursing home, according to prosecutors. The victim fled in her car, and the suspect shot at her, striking the hood.

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Then the two jumped a fence and robbed another woman, taking her car, according to prosecutors.

Minutes later, they rode through a Target parking lot, brandished the gun, threatened a woman and stole her purse, prosecutors said.

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Around 1 a.m., the duo robbed a man in his car at a McDonald’s. Roughly 30 minutes later, they shot Aldana as he sat alone in a parking lot a few blocks away.

Before Aldana died, he gave police a suspect description and hours later, the duo led police on a high-speed chase, prosecutors said. They crashed their car but were able to escape. The two were later arrested.

“They went on a reign of terror, targeting people who were alone, and when they didn’t get what they wanted, they started shooting,” said Assistant District Attorney Kathryn Rogers, who is part of the district attorney’s Homicide Division. “They spent that night tormenting the citizens of Harris County.”

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