Defendant Who Failed to Appear for Trial Receives 50-year Sentence for Armed Robbery that Occurred In a Madison Neighborhood

Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that Juantez D. McDonald, who was convicted by a jury of two counts of armed robbery in December 2014, was sentenced this week to serve fifty years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections. The last ten years of the sentence was suspended. Sentencing had been delayed because McDonald failed to appear at trial and was convicted in his absence.

McDonald was part of a ring of burglars that included Drodriquez Lamond Williams, DeWayne Eugene Mannery and Harvea L. Motallebi. Williams, Mannery, and Montallebi all pled guilty and testified against McDonald at trial.

On May 5, 2014, the Madison Police Department responded to a 911 call in the Cypress Lake Subdivision regarding two individuals who were robbed at gunpoint in their garage. The gunmen stole an iPhone, cash and a wallet from the couple. The victims, who own King Buffett, were followed home from work after the robbers watched them leave the restaurant.

When the Madison Police Department arrived they observed a white car approaching the gate of the subdivision at a high rate of speed. As the vehicle came through the gate and officers pulled their weapons and ordered the individuals in the car to stop. The vehicle came to a stop, but before law enforcement could remove the four suspects from the vehicle the car sped away almost hitting the officers.

A chase began on Highland Colony Parkway that took them through Madison, Ridgeland and Jackson neighborhoods before being called off due to the dangerous nature of the pursuit. However, officers were able to get a license plate number of the car and traced the vehicle to Williams who lived in Jackson.
Williams was later arrested and questioned by law enforcement. He admitted that he was involved in the robbery and told police the names of the other three individuals that were with him. The victims were then shown a photo lineup and were able to identify McDonald.

Guest stated, “McDonald is a dangerous individual that will now spend the next 40 years of his life behind bars. McDonald erroneously believed that he could escape justice by failing to appear at his trial. McDonald’s time on the run was short lived as Madison and Hinds County law enforcement were able to apprehend him, within just a few days, in Jackson.”

Guest added, “McDonald’s conviction and sentencing now brings an end to a ring of armed robbers who targeted foreign nationals living in the metro area. All four defendants involved were arrested, indicted and either entered pleas of guilty or were brought to trial within a period of only a few months. I hope that these convictions will continue to send a message that violent criminals who prey on the citizens of Madison County will be held accountable for their crimes.”

Guest concluded, “The Madison Police Department did an outstanding job in every area of this case and should be applauded for their outstanding efforts. Their hard work has helped remove four dangerous criminals from our streets.”

Name: Juantez McDonald
Date of Birth: 7-28-96
Address: 28 Wistera Court, Jackson