January 26, 2012
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Michael Guest at (601) 825-1472
Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that Daniel Deant Thomas received a 40-year sentence for four counts of armed robbery through a plea agreement. Fifteen years of his sentence will be suspended and he will have to serve the remaining 25 years day-for-day in prison.
On November 11, 2010, the Pearl Police Department was called to the Dollar General store due to the armed robbery.
Guest stated, “Thomas entered the store with his face covered with a skull cap and pointing a gun at the clerk. Thomas went through the store and made customers lay on the floor at gunpoint while he went through their purses and wallets. He was successful in stealing money, credit cards, and Social Security card – all at the extreme danger of a gun pointed at each victim.”
The store clerk was also ordered to give his co-defendant the money from the cash register and the safe.
The store had video coverage of the robbery and other law enforcement organizations were advised of the robbery and the description of the armed robbers; as seen on the video and as described by the victims.
Following the armed robbery, the duo left on foot, to divide what was stolen. They were then picked-up by their driver and were stopped on Fortification Street in Jackson by the Jackson Police Department.
Officers went back to the escape route where they found the mask and a torn black garment. The items were tested at the Mississippi Crime Lab for analysis. DNA confirmed the skull cap was Thomas’.
Guest continued, “Our businesses should be places that are safe to the public and profitable for the owner – not places that represent real danger, by real criminals with real guns. Because of this arrest and sentence, we want criminals to know that if they walk into one of our businesses and commit a crime like this one, we will find them and they will pay significant consequences for their crime.”
Guest concluded, “This is a great example that a very dangerous criminal is in jail today because law enforcement worked together on behalf of the people they are sworn to protect. They did an outstanding job – our county is a little safer today due to their accomplishments.”