August 8, 2008
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Michael Guest at (601) 825-1472
Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that Peter Grossley was found guilty late yesterday of armed robbery and aggravated assault involving a Ridgeland liquor store in July 25, 2007.
Grossley and his co-defendants drove up to the liquor store and got out of a sedan with guns and started toward to the door. The victim saw the guns, and as Grossley entered the store, the victim fired a shot in self defense. As Grossley retreated, he fired several shots into the business, striking the glass partition.
A co-defendant, Thomas Moore, testified in court Wednesday that Grossley helped organize the armed robbery and that he was the individual who fired multiple times at the victim.
The Ridgeland Police Department was called to the scene to investigate and, through the victim, was able to get a description of the vehicle that was used during the crime. They were also able to determine that both defendants were wearing bandannas during the crime in an attempt to conceal their identity.
The Ridgeland Police Department began a search for the vehicle and determined that it was a rental car that had not been returned. The rental agreement provided the name and address of the person who rented the car, Thomas Moore.
Moore was questioned by law enforcement and admitted to having rented the car and also stated that he also owned the bandanna similar to that used in the robbery. The law enforcement official asked Moore to put the bandanna on and took pictures.
The Ridgeland Police Department prepared a photo line-up of Moore and other individuals wearing bandanas, and the victim, without hesitation, confirmed that Moore was the one wearing the bandanna during the crime.
Moore was arrested and agreed to cooperate with law enforcement. Based upon his cooperation, Grossley and another codefendant were arrested in connection with the robbery. Moore later pled guilty and testified against Grossley yesterday in court.
Following yesterday’s guilty verdict, Grossley is scheduled to be sentenced September 15 in Madison County Circuit Court by Judge Samac Richardson. Grossley faces a maximum sentence of one day short of his life expectancy plus 20 years.
Guest stated, “This type of attack is not just one isolated event, but it affects our community as a whole. Grossley is a dangerous individual who has no respect for human life. He and his codefendants even had the audacity to stop at a restaurant for a meal and later at a bar to have drinks — just minutes after shooting at the victim multiple times. We have no place in our community for people like Peter Grossley.”
Guest concluded, “The jury, after two days of testimony, found Grossley guilty of both armed robbery and aggravated assault. That verdict was made possible because of the hard work of the Ridgeland Police Department. The people of Ridgeland can sleep a little better knowing that they are being protected by an outstanding police department.”