Two Sentenced in Cleveland Murder
Two defendants in the murder of a Cleveland convenience store clerk were sentenced Thursday afternoon. A jury in the 253rd District Court of Judge Chap Cain sentenced 19-year-old Michael Richardson of Cleveland to 28 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Then, about an hour later, the shooter - Frank Hernandez Jr. – was sentenced to life in prison. That was part of a plea bargain that required him to testify in the trials of two others involved. Last month, we reported the getaway driver, 24-year-old Roberto Alvarado Jr. of Cleveland, was sentenced to 65 years in prison and given a $10,000 fine. A male juvenile, who was 15 years old at the time of the murder, previously pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery and is serving a sentence in the Texas Juvenile Justice Department. The four Cleveland residents were each involved in the robbery and murderof a clerk at an Exxon convenience store on FM 2025 back in December 2015. The victim was 40-year-old Conbino Crasto - best known as ‘Bino”. Originally from India, Crasto had lived and worked in Cleveland for several years. At the time, Cleveland police said three suspects entered the store where they shot and killed Bino Crasto before stealing cash. Again, Thursday afternoon, 19-year-old Michael Richardson was sentenced by a jury to 28 years for his part in that murder. He will be eligible for parole in 14 years. Then, 253rd District Judge Chap Cain sentenced the shooter, Frank Hernandez Jr., to life in prison as part of a plea deal. Hernandez will be eligible for parole in 30 years.