Wednesday, July 3, 2013
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Gwinnett Daily Post
NORCROSS -- A Stone Mountain man is facing up to 20 years in prison for a crime that reportedly netted him just $96.
Gwinnett County police recently issued arrest warrants for Artavius Marcellus Brown, 26, charging him with the May 9 armed robbery of a Norcross Family Dollar store. Jail logs showed he had not been detained as of Wednesday afternoon.
According to incident reports, Brown entered the store at 4624 Jimmy Carter Boulevard just after 2 p.m. that day, bringing an item to the register before lifting his shirt to show the female cashier a handgun. When the cashier told Brown she needed a manager to open the register, he allegedly pulled the gun out and pointed it at her.
A manager then came over and opened the register. Brown reportedly took the register tray and fled with the cash inside -- all $96 of it.
Surveillance video was obtained and police eventually identified Brown as their suspect.
In Georgia, an armed robbery conviction carries a sentence of 10 to 20 years in prison (with the possibility of a life sentence or the death penalty if other aggravating factors come into play).
With the maximum penalty, Brown would serve about a year in prison for every $5 he allegedly stole.