Jury convicts 2 of robbing disabled man

Published 11:21 am Monday, October 13, 2014

Two Cary men face up to 15 years in prison after they were convicted this past week of robbing a disabled Rolling Fork man of $25.

Jurors in Sharkey County took about 30 minutes to convict Robert Brown, 23 and Courtney Hall, 22, both of Cary, of robbery, Assistant District Attorney Angela Carpenter said.

Circuit Judge M. James Chaney set sentencing for Oct. 21 in Rolling Fork.

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Brown is represented by Al Rhodes, and Azki Shah of Clarksdale represents Hall.

Brown and Hall ran up behind 21-year-old Stefan Thompson on Feb. 4, 2014, as he was walking home, Carpenter said.

Thompson has cerebral palsy, a medical condition that causes paralysis and muscle weakness.

Hall held Thompson’s arms behind him and Brown reached into Thompson’s pocket and stole $25, Carpenter said.

“They targeted him. They knew he would not be able to put up a fight,” Carpenter said.

With the guilty verdict, jurors showed that residents of Sharkey County wouldn’t tolerate robbery, Assistant District Attorney Bert Carraway said.

“The amount is irrelevant. It’s the violence itself,” Carraway said.

Thompson was able to see both robbers and identified Brown and Hall from a photo line up presented by Rolling Fork police, Carraway said

“The first statements they made to police were they were not even in Rolling Fork,” Carraway said, adding that testimony from a prosecution witnesses placed both men in the city the night of the robbery.