Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that four men were convicted for the armed robbery of a 66-year old man.
In October 2015, Arthur Jones Luckett was working cutting grass when four men approached him. All were wearing Halloween masks and hoodies to cover their faces and demanded money.
One of the defendants held a hand-gun to the victim’s head and demanded all of the money on the victim’s person. The victim gave them $500 in cash and a $50 money order. While the demand to turn over his money was spoken by the gunman, the victim noticed the voice as someone who had recently worked for him but had been terminated from his job. The former employee called the victim by name stating, “Arthur, we are going to rob you.”
After the crime was committed, the four defendants left the scene of the crime where they were spotted by several witnesses who told the same story to law enforcement. The Canton Police Department was able to identify and arrest all the suspects involved in the robbery.
Each of the defendants was convicted and received the following sentences:
- Ralph Lloyd – Armed Robbery: 45 years with 35 years to serve and the last 10 years suspended and 5 years supervised probation. Conspiracy: 5 years to serve. Concurrent. Willie Louis testified against Lloyd, who was convicted by a jury following a two day trial.
- Jammon Lewis – Robbery of a victim over 65 years of age: 30 years to serve. Conspiracy: 5 years to serve which yields 35 years to serve. Lewis pled guilty minutes before he was to go on trial.
- Collier Reed – Robbery: 15 years to serve. Conspiracy: 5 years to serve. Consecutive with each other (total of 20 years to serve). Collier pled guilty to the crime the day of his trial.
- Willie Louis – Robbery: 15 years to serve. Louis again agreed to cooperate with the State and testify truthfully against any and all co-defendants, in exchange for a guilty plea.
District Attorney Michael Guest stated, “These were thugs who decided it would be easier to rob the victim than to go out and do a hard day’s work and earn an honest day’s wage. These criminals displayed a lack of loyalty and respect that law abiding people would show when they are provided a job they need. That being said, they will now all go to jail for years to come”
Guest concluded, “The victim in this case is a hard-working elderly man who works day after day to make ends meet. The fact that he would be attacked and robbed at gunpoint is a sad commentary on society. These cases worked through the judicial process with great efficiency and show that those who prey on our seniors will be held accountable. As always, I cannot thank law enforcement enough for their outstanding work in helping us take four violent offenders off our streets.”
District Attorney Michael Guest was sworn into office in January 2008 and represents the Twentieth Judicial District, Madison and Rankin Counties. For more information about the District Attorney’s office, please visit www.daguest.com , follow us on Facebook or download our app.
Name: Ralph Lloyd
Date of Birth 2/20/1996
Address: 917 East Mary Court, Canton
Name: Jammon Lewis
Date of Birth: 10/15/1992
Address: 348 Harvey Watkins Drive, Canton
Name: Collier Reed
Date of Birth: 1/11/1987
Address: 358 South Canal, Canton
Name: Willie Louis
Address: 725 George Washington, Canton
Date of Birth: 1/28/2001