Canton Man Sentenced to 15 years for stealing $50 from 67-year-old-victim

For Immediate Release
September 9, 2009
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Michael Guest at (601) 825-1472

Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that Marcus Donell Sims of Canton was sentenced to serve 15 years in the state penitentiary for the robbery of a 67-year-old-man.

On December 22, 2008, the victim was coming out of the Joe Prichard Homes community going to Brooklyn Mart when he was approached by an individual, later identified as Sims, who demanded that the victim give him all of his money. The victim provided his money clip, which contained approximately $50.

Guest stated, “Sims is a dangerous individual who chose to prey upon a law-abiding 67 year old victim.” Guest added, “Protecting our seniors from crime will remain one of our top priorities, and we will not tolerate attacks such as these.”

Guest added, “It is important that our criminal justice system continues sending a strong message, that regardless of the amount of money that a criminal steals, there will be consequences for their criminal behavior.”

Guest concluded, “The Canton Police Department did an outstanding job investigating this crime. Within hours they made our streets much safer by arresting Sims.”

During their investigation, the Canton Police Department determined that the defendant had been inside Brooklyn Mart immediately prior to the robbery. Law enforcement was able to obtain video from Brooklyn Mart which contained the image of Sims. The victim was able to identify Sims, from the video, as the person who robbed him. In addition, two witnesses came forward and identified Sims as the robber.

Just minutes following the crime, law enforcement officials saw Sims walking down the street and he was arrested.