On Friday, October 28th, 2011, Jorge Ricardo Rojas Morin pled guilty to the September 2010 robbery of a business and rape of the manager.
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Monday, 31 October 2011 11:51

Duo Found Guilty of 2009 Robbery & Murder

On Saturday, October 29th, a jury found Maurico Grandberry and Calvin Person both guilty of first degree murder of Free Baptist Strickland, age 34.
On April 25th, 2009, at approximately 11:30 pm, Memphis Police located Strickland’s body behind a vacant house at 2351 Shasta Street in North Memphis. The Memphis police Department Homicide Bureau conducted the investigation into the crime. Strickland had been robbed and had suffered a fatal gunshot wound. The investigation identified Person and Grandberry as the suspects. Both men were arrested on May 1, 2009.
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October 27, 2011- A Shelby County jury in Criminal Court Division Four convicted Lawrence Key, age 35, on two counts of aggravated robbery. It was Key's third strike, and he is to serve life in prison without possibility of parole.
Key was arrested on May 31st, 2010 and charged after investigators identified him as the primary suspect in the robbery of a man and a woman while parked in Obrian Park in the 1700 block of South Prescott.
Information at trial revealed that Key approached the victims while they were in their car. Key broke out the driver’s side window and robbed the driver of personal items, while an accomplice held the female passenger at knife point.
Key has pled guilty to four earlier robbery offenses. Under the state’s repeat violent offenders (“Three Strikes”) law, Key was automatically sentenced to serve life imprisonment without parole.
Assistant District Attorney Pam Fleming prosecuted the case.
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October 5th, 2011 - Rarlo Primes plead guilty in Shelby County Criminal Court Division Seven for his role in the especially aggravated robbery and especially aggravated kidnapping of two University of Memphis students in 2008.
On Monday, December 29th, 2008, Rarlo Primes, (age 24), Jermaine Owens and James Hamilton, approached two University of Memphis students sitting in a car outside of 510 South Highland and robbed the male and female victims. Primes and Hamilton then forced the students into their car at gunpoint and drove them to a secluded dead end street in south Memphis, with Owens following in a separate vehicle. Both victims were beaten and the male victim was shot. Owens and Hamilton raped the female victim.
Hamilton pled guilty in Criminal Court Division Seven on April 29th, 2010, and agreed to serve 100 percent of a thirty year sentence for his part in the robbery, kidnapping and rape. Owens was convicted August 27th 2011. On September 30th, 2011 Owens was sentenced to serve a full 125 years in prison, with no possibility of parole.
Primes entered a plea of guilty and will serve 15 years each for two counts of especially aggravated robbery, both to be served concurrently. He agreed to serve 15 years each for two counts of especially aggravated kidnapping, also to be served concurrently. Each crime is a non-parole eligible offense. Primes will serve the two concurrent 15 year sentences consecutively at 100 percent, for a total of 30 years imprisonment.
District Attorney Amy Weirich and Ray Lepone, Chief Prosecutor of the Gang and Narcotics Prosecution Unit, prosecuted the case.
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September 30, 2011 - Shelby County Criminal Court Division Seven, Judge Lee Coffee, sentenced Jermaine Owens, age 27, to serve 125 years in prison.
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MEMPHIS, TN – On Thursday, September 22nd, 2011, a Shelby County jury in Criminal Court Division 10 convicted THEOTUS BARNETT, age 38, for the 2010 robbery of a Raleigh storage business and kidnapping and beating of the clerk.
Barnett, of southeast Memphis, was convicted of one count each of especially aggravated kidnapping and aggravated robbery in the case.
Information at trial indicated that Barnett entered the “U Store It” location at 3040 Austin Peay Highway on September 11th, 2010 at approximately 10:00 am. Barnett approached the clerk and posed as a customer interested in renting storage space. The lone store clerk, a woman, showed him around the storage facility. Barnett left the store and returned approximately an hour later. He asked to look at a storage unit again. The clerk escorted him to look at the unit. As they were walking back to the office, Barnett grabbed the woman from behind. The woman tried to get away, and Barnett choked her and beat her about the head and face until she submitted. He showed her that he was armed with a handgun, and threatened to kill her. He forced the clerk to the register and demanded the money and the store’s surveillance disc. She complied. Barnett then forced her to the backroom of the office, and demanded account information on the store’s customers, and then ordered her to give him her driver’s license.
Several of the store’s customers arrived at the facility, but the doors were locked. As the waiting customers knocked on the doors of the store, Barnett struck the clerk several times in the head with the handgun and forced her lay quietly on the floor or he would kill her.
Barnett then when and let the customers in, and pretended to be an employee of the facility. After the customers left the store, he went back to the clerk and told her that he knew where she lived. He threatened to kill her if she identified him to police. He left the store, driving away in a SUV.
The clerk activated the store’s hold up alarm and when Memphis Police arrived, she and the store’s customers gave descriptions of Barnett and the SUV.
The Memphis Police Department Robbery Bureau and Safe Streets Task Force criminal investigation led to an arrest warrant being issued for Barnett. On September 17, 2010, Barnett was arrested in South East Memphis.
Especially aggravated kidnapping is a Class "A" felony, and carries a potential sentence of 15-60 years of imprisonment. Aggravated robbery is a Class “B” felony, and carries a potential sentence of 8-30 years imprisonment.
Barnett is scheduled for sentencing on October 14th, 2011 in Division 10 of Shelby County Criminal Court.
Assistan District Attorneys Pamela Fleming and Kirby May prosecuted the case.
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September 15th, 2011 - A jury in Criminal Court Division 9 has convicted DEAN HEATH, age 19, for the June 2009 robbery and slaying of STEPHEN FAULKNER, age 29.
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Thursday, 08 September 2011 00:00

Darquan Swift Sentenced to 97 Years

September 8th, 2011 - Darquan Lynneral Swift was sentenced to 97 years imprisonment for a July 2009 shooting and attempted robbery in South Memphis. The crime left Antonio Burks and another male victim critically injured, and several other victims were robbed.
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Friday, 02 September 2011 00:00

Carl Bond Convicted of 2009 Aggravated Robbery

September 2, 2011 - A Shelby County jury in Criminal Court Division Eight found Carl Bond, age 32 of Memphis, guilty of aggravated robbery of a woman in South Memphis in September 2009.
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August 27th, 2011 - A jury in Shelby County Criminal Court Division Seven has convicted Jermaine Owens, age 27, of two counts of especially aggravated kidnapping, two counts of especially aggravated robbery and one count of aggravated rape.
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