Canton Man Receives 20-year Sentence for Aggravated Assault and Robbery

For Immediate Release
November 19, 2008
For more information, please contact
Michael Guest at (601) 825-1472

Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that Joshua Demarcus Boone was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the aggravated assault and robbery of a woman in a Canton church parking lot. Boone will be required to serve 85% of his sentence.

On Sunday, January 13, 2008, the Canton Police Department was called to the First United Methodist Church parking lot where the victim told officers she was visiting a friend and noticed the defendant approaching her with a stick in his hand. When Boone reached the victim, he began striking her on the legs and began struggling with her in an attempt to steal her purse. The defendant continued to strike the victim until she released the purse out of fear for her own safety. The defendant then fled the scene on foot. Canton Police searched the area, but were unable to locate the assailant.

The Canton Police Department contacted the credit card company and found several charges had been made in the Canton area with the stolen card. The Canton Police Department later received an anonymous tip that Boone was the person who committed the crime.

The Canton Police Department then prepared a photographic lineup and the victim reviewed the line-up and identified Boone as the person who assaulted her and stole her purse. Later police showed the lineup to one of the merchants where Boone used the stolen credit card and he confirmed that Boone was the person using the stolen credit card.

Warrants were issued and Boone was arrested. Boone later admitted to using the credit card, but denied being involved in the robbery.

Guest stated, “Boone beat the victim and stole her purse in a church parking lot on Sunday morning. Sentences like this will continue to send a message to criminals that we will not allow their crimes to go unpunished in Madison and Rankin Counties. My office, along with law enforcement officials, will continue to work hard to protect the public from people like Boone.”