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Armed Robbery Nets Eight Years for 16-Year-Old Corinth Male

Markel Simmons

Staff reports

A 16-year-old Corinth resident was sentenced to serve eight years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections on Monday in Alcorn County Circuit Court for armed robbery.

Markel Simmons pleaded guilty to the charge and was actually given a 25-year sentence, but 17 years were suspended, leaving eight years to serve day for day.

Simmons also pleaded guilty to drive-by shooting Monday and was sentenced to 30 years for that charge, but all of those years were suspended.

He will be on post-release supervision for five years once he gets out of jail.

The armed robbery indictment charged that Simmons and others in September of 2016 took a TV, phones, a video game machine, a safe and computer tablet against someone’s will. The act was carried with the use or exhibition of a handgun, the indictment added.

The drive-by shooting indictment charged that Simmons and others in August of 2015 discharged a firearm while in a motor vehicle and thereby “did cause or attempt to cause serious bodily injury” to certain people.

Simmons was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge James L. Roberts Jr.

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