Turner, Hicks Get Lengthy Sentences In Federal Robbery Cases

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Defendants in two robbery cases received extensive sentences in Federal Court on Thursday.

Desmond L. Turner was given 111 months by Judge Curtis Collier in connection with the robbery of the Hardee's on E. 23rd Street on Oct. 25, 2012.

The restaurant was robbed by a man wearing a mask, a hoodie and black tennis shoes. He was driving a unique looking car without a bumper.

Police spotted that vehicle on Nov. 7, 2012. The driver, Turner, told an officer, "I'm looking for my gun. I mean my papers."

Police found a small bag of marijuana on Turner and a Smith and Wesson .32 caliber revolver in the vehicle. 

The Hardee's holdup, which was caught on video, was later featured on Crimestoppers. Several tipsters said the car involved belonged to Turner and they could tell it was him due to his unique red hoodie and his style of walk.

When he was arrested at a motel on Dec. 7, 2012, black tennis shoes like those in the video were located.

Police said Turner first denied taking part in the robbery, then confessed.

Police said he was involved in two other holdups.

Judge Collier gave Rex Hicks the maximum 188 months for the robbery of the Jiffy 7 Til 11 in Athens, Tn.

Prosecutor Chris Poole said Hicks has "a ridiculous criminal record. It is one of the most lengthy and violent I've seen."

The judge was told that Hicks was arrested in Ohio, where he had begun working as a sign waver for a tax service and wound up the finacee of the tax service manager.

He was described as being mild-mannered and good-natured when he is not on drugs.



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