Mobile man sentenced in check cashing business robberies

Robert Lee Stone (Photo source: Pascagoula Police Dept.)
Robert Lee Stone (Photo source: Pascagoula Police Dept.)

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - A Mobile man who pleaded guilty to robbing two check cashing businesses in Jackson County has been sentenced to 20 years behind bars.

Prosecutors said in December 2011, Robert Lee Stone, 31, went to two separate check cashing businesses in Moss Point and in Pascagoula and demanded money while displaying a firearm.

Judge Kathy King Jackson sentenced Stone on both counts of Armed Robbery to 20 years to serve, day for day, court costs, total fine in the amount of $2000, $100 to the Crime Victim's Compensation Fund, and restitution to the victims. This sentence will run consecutive to the sentence Stone is currently serving out of Mobile.

"This defendant chose to come to Jackson County in order to rob two members of our community at their place of business. Not only did he take their money, but he also put them in fear for their lives by using a gun to threaten them. These acts demonstrate his dangerousness, and this 20 year day for day sentence will effectively end his ability to victimize another person and will certainly make our community safer," District Attorney Tony Lawrence said.

"This was a situation which could have easily resulted in serious injuries. I hope that this sentence will send a message that violence in our communities will not be tolerated," Assistant District Attorney Leilani Tynes said.

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