A 54-year-old Palestine man whom authorities say has committed a string of robberies throughout East Texas in recent years will be sentenced in April after being found guilty last week by a Smith County jury.

Carl “Bo” Leonard Lively, 54, of Palestine was found guilty of aggravated robbery last Thursday at the Smith County Courthouse in Tyler in connection with the May 30, 2007 holdup of Dollar General on U.S. 69 in Bullard. 

During that robbery, Lively pointed a gun at a female clerk and demanded she give him all of the money in the cash register, according to testimony in last week’s trial. 

Lively is set to be sentenced on April 2 by Seventh State District Judge Kerry Russell. 

He faces five-to-99 years or life in prison and a fine not to exceed $10,000. 

The case was prosecuted by Smith County assistant district attorney Richard Vance, while the defendant was represented by attorney O.W. Loyd who did not call any witnesses. 

There was also testimony during Lively’s trial that he robbed Lucky’s Liquor in Marshall on July 19, 2007 -- less than two months after the holdup in Bullard. Testimony showed that Lively got away with approximately $400 cash in the Harrison County robbery.

Lively has already been convicted of robbery in Henderson County and sentenced to 40 years in prison in relation to that offense.

Lively is additionally charged with three other aggravated robberies in Smith County which allegedly occurred on May 26, 2007; June 12, 2007; and June 21, 2007 respectively.

During last week’s trial, the state argued that Lively’s motive in the Bullard robbery was related to monies owed on hot checks in Anderson County.


Paul Stone may be contacted via e-mail at pstone@palestineherald.com 

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