Martigous Malone, 27, pled guilty this week to three counts of aggravated robbery, attempted aggravated robbery, theft of property over $1,000 and an unrelated case of aggravated assault in a settlement approved by Criminal Court Judge Lee Coffee.
Investigators said that on April 1, 2016, Malone indicated he had a gun and stole a leaf blower from a man doing yardwork in the 1400 block of Breedlove in the New Chicago Park area of North Memphis.
On July 16, 2016, three members of a family business were doing yard work when they were robbed by Malone in the 1000 block of Ayers near Chelsea in North Memphis. The victims said Malone threatened to kill them, then stole their pickup truck and an attached trailer containing a riding mower, blowers, weed trimmers, shovels, rakes and other lawn equipment.
Relatives of the victims later began searching the area and located the truck, trailer and some of the lawn equipment in a wooded area near New Chicago Park. Malone was developed as a suspect, identified in a photo spread by the victims and arrested about two weeks later.
The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Meghan Fowler of the DA’s Special Prosecution Unit which seeks maximum sentencing for repeat felony offenders.