Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that David M. Gregory was sentenced to 30 years after pleading guilty to armed robbery. The last ten years of his sentence will be suspended and he will be placed on five years of supervised probation following his release from custody.
On February 16, 2014, the Flowood Police Department received a phone call from a woman who stated that an unknown male suspect had just approached her and her boyfriend while they were in their car in the parking lot of Newk’s restaurant. The individual, later identified as Gregory, held a gun to her boyfriend’s head and demanded money. The victims gave the suspect $100 and Gregory then fled on foot from the scene.
Flowood Police Department was able to identify another witness who saw the suspect as he exited the parking lot. The witness observed Gregory entering and driving away in an older model Nissan Altima. The witness was able to provide law enforcement with the tag number of the vehicle.
Police were able to track the vehicle to a former owner who stated that she had recently sold the vehicle to Caitlin Harris of Brandon. Officers went to her address and observed that the vehicle was parked at the residence. Members of the Flowood Police Department and deputies of the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department made entry into the residence and placed Gregory under arrest. During a search of the residence law enforcement recovered a Hi-point 9mm pistol and the clothes that Gregory was wearing at the time of the crime.
Gregory was transported to the Flowood Police Department where he was advised of his Miranda rights. Gregory then gave a video statement that he was the individual responsible for the robbery.
Guest stated, “Gregory told law enforcement that he had previously joked to others about committing a robbery. Gregory clearly did not understand the dangerous nature of his actions. Hopefully his arrest and conviction will convince him that robbing others at gun point is no laughing matter.”
Guest continued, “This is a very serious crime that could have had a terrible outcome. Law abiding citizens deserve to be protected from individuals like Gregory who would place their lives in danger for nothing more than $100.00. We cannot and will not tolerate this type of dangerous crime in our community.”
Guest concluded, “The Flowood Police Department and the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department did an outstanding job of working together with the common goal of taking a dangerous criminal off the streets. They should be applauded for their efforts and the outstanding job they do on the daily basis.”
Name: David M. Gregory
Date of Birth: January 27, 1984
Address: 208 Amye Drive, Brandon