October 23, 2020

Second Dollar General robber pleads guilty, to be sentenced in August

A Mississippi man pleased guilty Wednesday to the 2018 armed robbery of a Dollar General store.

Darryl De’Monte Thompson, 30, of Jackson, pleaded guilty 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 pleaded 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.