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Starkville teenager Demario Glen Keyes was sentenced Thursday to serve 10 years in prison for armed robbery in the January 2009 holdup of a north Starkville convenience store.
In an Oktibbeha County Circuit Court hearing Thursday morning, Keyes, 18, was sentenced by Judge Jim Kitchens to serve the entire 10-year sentence without possibility of parole since armed robbery is considered a capital offense under state law.
Kitchens also ordered Keyes to pay a $500 fine and $160 in restitution, as well as to serve 5 years of post-release supervision by the Department of Corrections upon his release from prison.
Keyes actually pleaded guilty to the armed robbery charge during the spring Circuit Court term in May, but was not sentenced until Thursday.
Keyes pleaded guilty to robbing the B-Quik convenience store on North Montgomery Street at Womack Street at gunpoint at about 10:30 a.m. Jan. 11, 2009.
The male clerk working in the store at the time said a black male between 5 feet, 7 inches and 5 feet, 10 inches tall entered the store, produced a nickel-plated handgun and demanded cash from the register.
The suspect, who was wearing a brown hooded coat, a red ski mask and blue jeans, then fled the store on foot, heading south on Montgomery Street, police said. The clerk was not injured, they said.
Responding Police Department patrol officers, with assistance from Oktibbeha County sheriffâ€™s deputies, immediately began searching the immediate area around the B-Quik store, police said.
Officers discovered that the suspect had discarded his clothing in a wooded area to the immediate north of the Camelot Apartments complex on North Montgomery Street and saw a young black male leaving the complex on foot while they were searching the area, police said.
This male would soon be identified as Keyes, police said.
Based upon a tip given to officers, along with witness statements, SPD detectives identified Keyes as the suspect and were able to locate him at another apartment complex a short distance away on Montgomery Street, noting that he fit the description of the suspect given by the store clerk.