Armed Robber Who Stole $5 Receives 39-year Sentence

For Immediate Release
September 24, 2008
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Michael Guest at (601) 825-1472

Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that Edward Myers received a 39-year sentence for armed robbery. Nine years will be suspended. Myers will be required to serve his entire sentence without the possibility of probation or parole.

On October 28, 2004, the Madison County Sheriff’s Department was called regarding shots being fired at a residence. As the deputies were waiting for backup, a man approached them and said that he had just been robbed a gunpoint. The armed robber stole $5 from the victim.

Law enforcement officials started looking into the direction the victim stated the armed robber ran into. Using their flashlights, Deputies saw Myers hiding, looking at them from behind a tractor trailer. Deputies ordered Myers to come out from behind the tractor trailer, but he ran and a foot chase ensued. Deputies surrounded Myers and repeatedly asked him to raise his hands in the air. Myers did not comply and was holding a gun in his right hand. After a brief standoff, that lasted several minutes, Myers finally dropped to the ground and was arrested.

After Myers was taken into custody, the money was recovered along with drug paraphernalia and the firearm. Myers later admitted that he had been drinking alcohol and smoking crack earlier that day. The victim of the armed robbery identified Myers as the one who had held him at gunpoint and stole his money. In addition, the initial complainant confirmed that Myers was the individual who discharged the firearm outside of her residence.

Guest stated, “For $5, Myers will now spend most of the remainder of his life behind bars. This type of crime often occurs when one becomes addicted to illegal drugs — turning to a life of crime to feed their addiction.”

Guest concluded, “The jury found Myers guilty based on the quick response and follow- up investigation conducted by the Madison County Sheriff’s Department. My office will continue to work with Sheriff Trowbridge and other law enforcement agencies to see that criminals are brought to justice.”