Attempted Purse Snatcher/Lawn Mower Thief Receives 15-Year Sentence

For Immediate Release
June 1, 2010
For more information, please contact
Michael Guest at (601) 825-1472

Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that Zachery Dwayne Clanton received a sentence of 15 years to serve for robbery and a sentence of 10 years to serve for grand larceny through a plea agreement. The sentences will run concurrently.

On April 25, 2010, Clanton was in the Kroger parking lot when he came-up behind the victim and grabbed her purse. A struggle ensued and the victim was knocked to the ground. The victim continued to struggle and witnesses in the parking lot began to observe the altercation. Clanton gave up the fight for her purse and ran to a waiting car.

The Rankin County Sheriff’s Department was contacted and two of the witnesses were able to provide a partial car tag number and the color and make of the car. Dispatch put this information out to officers in the area and minutes later, a deputy saw the car in a highway median and approached it. The occupants matched the description provided by the victim and witnesses.

Both Clanton and his co-defendants were arrested and returned to the Kroger parking lot where they were identified by the victim and eyewitnesses.

At the time of the robbery, Clanton was out on bond on a separate case that occurred on October 9, 2009. In that case, a man called the Pearl Police Department when he heard noises coming from his neighbor’s house. The man told officers that once he heard the noises he ran outside to see a truck speeding off with his neighbors’ lawn mower.