A Waco man who was sentenced to life in prison in 1993 for brutally beating a convenience store clerk with a lead pipe during a robbery was indicted Wednesday in the Oct. 1 robbery of a downtown convenience store.

A McLennan County grand jury indicted Mack Edward Johnson, 53, as a habitual criminal on an aggravated robbery charge. Waco police arrested Johnson Oct. 1 in the robbery of a 7-Eleven store at 701 S. University Parks Drive and in three other robberies.

While prosecutors sought an indictment only in the Oct. 1 incident, the other three cases remain pending in the McLennan County District Attorney’s office.

Johnson was arrested after he led police on a brief foot chase after a 3 a.m. robbery at the 7-Eleven, officials reported at the time. Police also linked Johnson to two other robberies at the same store on Aug. 15 and Sept. 16, plus a fourth aggravated robbery at a Dollar General store at 205 E. Waco Drive on Sept. 16.

Johnson’s arrest came after a masked man wearing a polo shirt entered the convenience store and acted like he had a gun. He went behind the register, ordered the clerk to give him money and took two packs of Newport cigarettes. He ran from the business when two Baylor University police officers entered the store, according to police reports.

Officials said Johnson jumped a fence and ran into the Abbey Glenn Apartments complex, where police caught him.

Johnson, who has five felony convictions and five misdemeanor convictions, was sentenced to life in prison in 1993 after he robbed a Circle K convenience store in Waco and beat the clerk with a lead pipe. He was released on parole in 2015, according to court records.

If convicted of aggravated robbery as a habitual criminal, Johnson faces from 25 to 99 years in prison and up to life.

Johnson remains in McLennan County Jail under bonds totaling $302,500.

Staff writer at the Waco Tribune-Herald covering courts and criminal justice. Follow me on Twitter @TSpoonFeed.

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