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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Mississippi

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Jackson Man Pleads Guilty under Project EJECT to Armed Robbery of a Dollar General Store

Jackson, Miss. – Darryl De’Monte Thompson, 30, of Jackson, pled guilty today before U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves to armed robbery of a Dollar General store in Jackson and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Special Agent in Charge Christopher Freeze with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

On April 6, 2018, Thompson and Jalen Simmons entered the Dollar General on Briarwood Drive in Jackson. Thompson served as the lookout while Simmons entered the store, brandished a gun, and demanded cash from the register. When the cashier was unable to open the register, Simmons robbed customers at gunpoint. Officers with the Jackson Police Department apprehended both suspects as they fled the scene.

On September 29, 2018, Simmons and Thompson were charged in a federal criminal indictment with one count of robbery and one count of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence. Simmons pled guilty before Judge Reeves on December 17, 2018. He was sentenced on March 22, 2019 to seven years and one day in prison for his role in the crime.

Thompson will be sentenced by Judge Reeves on August 23, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. He faces a sentence of seven years to life for brandishing the weapon and a maximum sentence of 20 years for the robbery.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Jackson Police Department. It case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kimberly Purdie.

This case is part of Project EJECT, an initiative by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Mississippi under the U.S. Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN). EJECT is a holistic, multi-disciplinary approach to fighting and reducing violent crime through prosecution, prevention, re-entry and awareness. EJECT stands for "Empower Justice Expel Crime Together." PSN is bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated May 22, 2019