Maurice Gray and a second male both armed with handguns, forced the 36 year-old man inside a home in the Bethel Grove area in August 2014. Once inside, Gray and his accomplice robbed the man of cash, a cell phone and jewelry. Gray struck the man in the head with the gun and also assaulted the man’s small pet dog with the gun.
The victim gave police a description of Gray, the getaway car and his accomplice later identified as Ricky Faulkner. Gray was captured at a nearby address.
Gray was convicted of aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary, employing a firearm with intent to commit a felony, convicted felon in possession of a handgun and evading arrest. His co-defendant, Ricky Faulkner failed to appear for court and remains at large with a warrant issued for his arrest.
Judge Chris Craft will sentence Gray next month. Aggravated robbery carries a sentence of up to 30 years.
Gray has prior convictions for aggravated assault and facilitation to commit aggravated robbery.
The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Carla Taylor. The case was assigned to the DA’s Special Prosecution Unit (SPU). The SPU seeks the maximum sentence allowed by law for repeat felony offenders.