Oral Sonny Shorter Jr.

Oral Sonny Shorter Jr., 20, received a 45-year sentence Monday for attacking an EZ Mart clerk in Texarkana.

A man who repeatedly stabbed an EZ Mart clerk with a screwdriver during a robbery received 45 years in prison Monday.

Oral Sonny Shorter Jr., 20, attacked the clerk October 20 as she was walking out of a freezer at EZ Mart on Texas Boulevard in TEXarkana at about 2:30 a.m., according to a probable cause affidavit. Shorter can allegedly be seen on video surveillance footage entering the store and committing the crime.

Shorter shouted, “Give me the money,” when he surprised the clerk, stabbing her in the shoulder with the tool. Shorter yelled, “Give me the money or I’ll kill your ass,” as the clerk attempted to explain that she cannot open the store’s safe. Shorter stabbed the clerk again and began shaking the safe.

Before leaving the store, Shorter stole the clerk’s backpack. Shorter was arrested on a bicycle north of the area transit station at Texas Blvd. and 15th Street.

Shorter told officers he committed the robbery because he was “tired of being broke,” and “it was a way to release his anger,” and he “just wanted a way to get out of Texarkana.”

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