FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) - She bolted from court before her guilty verdict, now a North Texas woman is back behind bars.
It was two weeks ago that defense lawyers and prosecutors rested in the aggravated robbery case against Belinda Barrow. The jury was deciding her fate, while Barrow apparently wasn't interested in their decision.
"She fled during guilt/innocence, while the jury was deliberating on guilt/innocence. We immediately got the U.S. Marshals [Fugitive] Taskforce on it," prosecutor Allenna Bangs explained.
After the building search for Barrow proved futile authorities soon learned why. A review of surveillance video showed the 38-year-old woman walking away from the courtroom just after the jury began deliberations.
While Barrow couldn't be found the jury returned to the courtroom and the verdict was read – guilty. Barrow was convicted of assaulting and robbing an 82-year-old woman at a senior living center. Barrow robbed the woman at gunpoint, even removing wedding rings from the victim's fingers.
Barrow ultimately confessed to the home invasion robbery after being arrested in connection with another case. She was set free on bond.
Bangs said Barrow surrendered. "And when she was coming into court, our courtroom bailiff saw her on the street and just said, 'Are you turning yourself in?' She said that that's what she was there to do, so he cuffed her and took her in."
The sentencing phase of Barrow's aggravated robbery trial also continued without her. The jury gave her 20 years, but additional time is expected to be tacked on. "She has now been indicted on bail jumping, which is a 3rd degree felony, which is two to 10 [years possible punishment]," Bangs said.
Currently Barrow is being held on a $50,000 bond in the Tarrant County Jail.
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