March 19, 2009
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Michael Guest at (601) 825-1472
Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that Jerry Jerome Carson received 15 years for robbery and 20 years for aggravated assault involving a Canton victim. The sentences will run concurrently.
In June of 2008, Carson went to a house trailer and knocked on the door pretending to be a salesman. Once the victim opened the door, Carson entered the residence and demanded money. The victim gave him all of the money that he had, which was only $80.
Carson then left the scene on foot. The victim’s neighbor saw Carson and started chasing him. Carson pulled a chrome colored revolver and shot at the victim’s neighbor, missing him.
The next day, the victim saw Carson at the park and placed a 911 call to the Madison County Sheriff’s Department. Upon arrival, the deputies spoke with the victim and received a description of the suspect. The victim later identified Carson as the person who had robbed him the day before at gunpoint.
Guest stated, “Robbery is a crime that we take very seriously regardless of the amount of money stolen.”
Guest concluded, “Carson preyed on members of the Hispanic community. He thought they would be easy targets and would not notify law enforcement because they were not legally in the country. His acts of intimidation and theft are now over and he will be going to prison for a long time.”