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Man facing 20 years for stealing $96

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.

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SuxBeanU 9 months, 2 weeks ago

He used a gun so put him away forever. no good scum.

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Why_not 9 months, 2 weeks ago

If a gun was used it doesn't matter how much he stole. Goodbye thug.....

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InTheKno 9 months, 2 weeks ago

GDP - you make it sound like a misdemeanor theft. His intent was to commit an armed robbery. He threatened violence and the poor employee will probably have inightmares for a long time. If you cant do the time, dont do the crime...

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jpatt49 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Good, I thought this was going to be about how bad mandatory minimum sentences are. Eventually he will kill someone if he isn't caught and put away soon.

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Say_that_again 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Wow!! Finally something on which liberals and conservatives agree. If only we had been able to keep him from getting the gun. Further note, doing a little research, seems he is suspected in another 20 dollar store robberies around Dekalb as well as drug deals and three other suspects have been arrested by Dekalb police.

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GeorgiaResident 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Leave it to the Gwinnett Daily Post to have a headline like, " Man facing 20 years for stealing $96. " Way to make a headline that sounds like this poor man is getting a harsh sentence for a misdemeanor theft. How about, " Man facing 20 years for robbing store at gun point. " GDP it sure would be nice if you didn't try and write the headlines and stories to always minimize the crimes these thugs commit on a daily basis. Way to set an example for the next generation, not that they read anything other than text messages and twitter anyways.

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RosieW 9 months, 2 weeks ago

All the GDP should have added to the headline is 'ARMED'. This reads like some of the tripe I see in the AJC. Hope the Post will think long and hard about offering solid headlines, not sensationalized ones.

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Ashley 9 months, 2 weeks ago

I never want to run into him at my local store. Put him away.

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toby 9 months, 2 weeks ago

If we would give politicians the same punishment for the millions they steal, we may clean this country up.

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Say_that_again 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Politicians and bankers. Isn't it funny that the richer someone is, the less justice is administered. Corporations can get off with a fine when they break the law - and the executives that made the decision to violate the law for profit get off with no punishment in most cases. If corporations are people, when are we going to start putting corporations in jail for stealing millions from the people?

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NewsReader 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Your demonstrated wealth envy is genuinely pathetic. I don't care if he stole a nickel at gunpoint. He deserves the maximum sentence for the aggravated circumstances of the crime.

If you cannot understand the difference between them, then you just can't fix stupid. I don't know what is reasonable justice for committing "corporate" crimes as you call it, but there never was a gun held to your head when the corporation, or individual representing the corporation as the case may be, committed a crime against you. One leaves financial scars while the other leaves psychological scars you cannot possibly place a value on.

Other than that, have a nice 4th of July!

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Say_that_again 9 months, 2 weeks ago

While I agree that armed is the key to a very long sentence, the facts still remain that the wealthy get away with stealing billions and rarely are punished more than paying fines exceeding 6 digits. With no threat of jail and billions in profits after paying fines, where is the incentive for businessmen to be honest? This is not "wealth envy". I have accumulated more wealth than I can spend in a lifetime, partially thanks to the unfair tax policies designed to favor the wealthy. Do you really not understand the absurdity of claiming "wealth envy" as a reason to ignore criticism of a system designed by the wealthy for the wealthy? Warren Buffet, who tremendous benefits from this discrepancies, has explained the unfairness of the system. It is really funny that you think you can dismiss his arguments with accusations of "wealth envy". A true patriot would want to improve America and create a country that lives up to our Constitutional ideal of equal justice for all.

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Haughton 9 months, 2 weeks ago

"I have accumulated more wealth than I can spend in a lifetime"

That is truly the most disingenuous claim I have ever read on here.

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Say_that_again 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Yes, poorly worded. I should not have said "can" because it would be possible to go on a wild spending spree, buying extra houses, yachts and planes, thus spending my accumulated wealth. The real point is that if I had another million dollars, I would not significantly alter my life style other than greater charity involvement.

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Haughton 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Thanks for sharing your delusions of wealth and grandeur ... And comedic relief at your "expense"!!!

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