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40 year sentence for accomplice in Ridgeland murder

Bobby Allen, 23 (Source: MCDC) Bobby Allen, 23 (Source: MCDC)
Edward Clay, 25 (Source: MCDC) Edward Clay, 25 (Source: MCDC)
RIDGELAND, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

After a two day trial ended with a guilty verdict in February, a judge handed down a 40 year sentence for a Jackson man who served as an accomplice to an armed robbery and murder in Ridgeland in April 2012.

Madison and Rankin Counties' District Attorney Michael Guest says that Bobby Lee Allen, 23, was found guilty of armed robbery, accessory after the fact to murder, and conspiracy to commit armed robbery, following a two day trial on Feb. 26.

Allen was sentenced to 40 years in prison for armed robbery, 20 years for accessory, and five years for conspiracy. While all sentences will run concurrently, Allen must serve every day of the 40 year sentence without the possibility of probation, parole or early release.

On April 30, 2012, at approximately 11 p.m., the Ridgeland Police Department received a 911 call about gun fire at the Ridgeland Ranch Apartment complex. When officers arrived, they discovered 61-year-old Luis Ortiz, shot to death.

Police say Ortiz was the manager of a local Mexican restaurant and had over $600 on him from the restaurant's night deposit. Ortiz's wallet was found lying on his chest.

Ridgeland police apprehended three suspects in the robbery and murder. Robert Carson, Bobby Allen, and Edward Clay were detained. The investigation revealed the three suspects had spent the day at a home in the Westwick Apartments in West Jackson, smoking pot and drinking codeine and alcohol. When trio ran out of money, they plotted to find a victim to rob.

The criminals armed themselves and left Westwick Apartments and drove to County Line Road, where they drove through apartment complexes looking for a victim, according to District Attorney Michael Guest. At trial, it was revealed Bobby Allen was the driver, 25-year-old Edward Clay was the passenger, and Robert Carson was the shooter.

When they arrived at the Ridgeland Ranch Apartments at approximately 11 p.m., they backed into a parking space and waited for an unsuspecting victim. Ortiz entered the complex and parked his car. Robert Carson and Edward Clay approached Ortiz. Robert Carson pulled a gun and demanded the victim's money. While taking Ortiz's money, Robert Carson shot Ortiz in the head at point blank range.

Guest states, "The victim, Mr. Ortiz, was in this country legally, working hard, providing for his family, and he did nothing to deserve this horrible crime that was committed against him."

Carson was convicted by a jury on March 6 of capital murder, felon in possession of a firearm, and conspiracy to commit armed robbery. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Edward Clay has pled guilty to armed robbery and is scheduled to be sentenced in July.

At the time of his arrest, Bobby Lee Allen was out on bond from Hinds County for two counts of armed robbery. He has since been convicted for those two crimes.

"Bobby Allen is a dangerous individual who, at the time of this offense, had been released on bond for an armed robbery in Hinds County. After a day of drinking and drug use, Allen's sole purpose in coming to Madison County that night was to commit another armed robbery. Allen's sentence, following his conviction by a jury, will ensure the public that his days of terrorizing the citizens of Madison and Hinds County has ended," assures Guest. 

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