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Ocoee Man Convicted Of Aiding And Abetting Attempted Commercial Robbery

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Florida

Orlando, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that a federal jury yesterday found Jacques Maddox (22, Ocoee) guilty of one count of aiding and abetting the attempted robbery of a Walgreens store located at 5501 South Kirkman Road in Orlando. Maddox faces a maximum penalty of 20 years’ imprisonment. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for October 10, 2014. Maddox was indicted on April 2, 2014.

According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, on the night of September 2, 2013, Maddox and his friend Joe E. Clinton went to the Walgreens store on South Kirkman Road. After casing the store for hours, Maddox and Clinton walked into the store for the final time around 11:00 p.m. The men split up, and while Maddox took his position as a lookout near the center of the Walgreens, Clinton forced the store’s manager inside the office and pulled out a gun. Clinton then demanded that the manager open the store’s safe, threatening to shoot him if he didn’t do as he was told. When the manager refused to comply with Clinton’s demands, Clinton pistol whipped the manager, striking him several times in the head and shoulders with his gun. Clinton then ran out of the office, met up with Maddox in the middle of the store, and pulled his gun on other employees and store customers as he and Maddox fled.

On March 24, 2014, Clinton pleaded guilty to one count of aiding and abetting the attempted robbery of the Walgreens on September 2, 2013, one count of robbery of a CVS store located at 1201 East Colonial Drive in Orlando, on September 10, 2013, and two counts of using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to those violent crimes. He faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison on each of the attempted robbery and robbery counts. For the firearms convictions, Clinton faces a combined mandatory minimum sentence of 32 years’ imprisonment, to run consecutively to any other prison term imposed. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for July 25, 2014.   

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives, and the Orlando Police Department.  It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Joseph M. Schuster.

Updated January 26, 2015