Houston man sentenced to life after killing store clerk

Anita Randle, 54, was shot and killed in a robbery at the convenience store where she worked on December 16, 2018.

BRYAN, Texas – On December 16, 2018, Anita Randle, 54, was working at the Valero gas station on Rock Prairie Road in College Station when a man with a gun walked in and demanded money. The mother and grandmother stood at the cash register and handed the money to Rufus Lockett. Lockett, after getting what he wanted, shot Randle in the chest. Randle died of her injuries.

It was not the first robbery that Lockett, who was 29 at the time, had committed that week. Just three days before the murderous robbery, Lockett walked into the Apple Stop in Bryan and asked the cash register clerk to hand over the money.

Lockett shot the worker, who nearly died of heart wounds.

The Bryan Police Department and the College Station Police Department began working together, investigating both crimes, and identified Lockett as the person responsible.

On December 17, 2018, Lockett was arrested and has been in jail ever since, awaiting trial. He was indicted on capital murder by a Brazos County grand jury on March 8, 2019.

On January 28, 2022, the families of the victims were able to get some kind of justice when Lockett, who investigators say admitted to killing Randle and shooting the Apple Stop worker, was sentenced to life in prison. . He has no possibility of parole. Lockett, now 33, will spend the rest of his natural life in prison.

“This defendant erased one life and altered the course of countless others,” said First Assistant District Attorney Brian Baker. “For that, he will never again be allowed to walk free or leave the grounds of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.”