Madison Dollar Tree Robber Receives 45-year Sentence

For Immediate Release
Tuesday, January 22th, 2013
For more information, please contact
Michael Guest at (601) 825-1472

Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that Lyndon Myers was sentenced last week and received a 45 year sentence after a jury found him guilty of three counts of armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon following his trial in November. Myers is required to serve 35 years of his sentence with the possibility of parole or early release. The last ten years of his sentence was suspended. Myers was on probation for sale of controlled substance at the time of this crime.

On May 16, 2012, Myers, along with his co-defendant Earnest Johnson, was arrested for the armed robbery of a Dollar Tree in Madison. As the Dollar Tree employees were closing for the night, Earnest Johnson approached the employees and displayed a pistol which he had hidden under his shirt. Johnson forced the three victims to put all store money into a plastic bag while holding them at gunpoint. He also made the employees duct tape each other.

The suspect exited the store and fled the scene in a red Pontiac Grand Prix that was driven by Lyndon Myers. One of the victims was able to free herself and called 911 to report the crime. The employees were able to give a description of the suspect and the vehicle to law enforcement. Madison Police Department dispatched the information to all surrounding law enforcement agencies.

Madison County deputies conducted a traffic stop on Interstate 55 for a vehicle matching that of the suspect. Myers and Johnson were arrested when officers stopped their vehicle. A search of the vehicle revealed a Dollar Tree plastic bag with approximately $3,118 in cash and the pistol used by Johnson. The firearm located in the vehicle was submitted to the State Crime Lab and Myers fingerprint was recovered from the gun.

At trial, Johnson, who had previously pled guilty, testified that Myers was responsible for planning the crime. Johnson stated that Myers, who worked at the Dollar Tree, got off early on the night of the robbery. Myers then drove to Canton to pick up Johnson and drove him to the shopping center. Myers provided the gun that was used in the robbery. Myers then went into Wal-Mart and waited for Johnson to complete the robbery. Myers later drove Johnson away.

Guest stated, “As an employee of the store, Myers actions placed the lives of his friends and co-workers at risk. His disregard for their safety and his cowardly act of recruiting his younger cousin to commit the crime, because he knew that he would be identified, justified sending Myers to prison for most of the rest of his life.”

Guest concluded, “The combined efforts of The Madison Police Department and the Madison County Sheriff’s Department not only resulted in the two defendants being arrested just minutes after the crime but it also allowed us to bring this case to trial in less than six months. This case is another example of the great things that can be accomplished when law enforcement agencies work together.”

Defendant:
Name: Lyndon C. Myers
Date of Birth: November 11, 1984
Address: 116 S Hargon St Canton, MS
Co-Defendant:
Name: Earnest Johnson
Date of Birth: September 30, 1992
Address: 256 Robinson Road Canton, MS

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