Two sentenced to jail time for Jackson Co. gas station robberies

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Two people were sentenced to jail time Friday for the parts they played in two armed robberies of gas stations in Pascagoula and Gautier in April of 2013.

District Attorney Tony Lawrence said Robert Wayne Sumner, 48, will serve 18 years behind bars and Tiffany Kellum, 28, will serve 10.

"This case is another example of how drugs lead to violent acts. I am proud that the victims were able to see that justice was served," said Assistant District Attorney Kathlyn Van Buskirk.

Lawrence said investigators found Kellum had driven Sumner to the gas stations where he robbed the store clerks at gunpoint. The pair fled the scene after the robberies but were soon captured by police.

Lawrence said Sumner and Kellum were both charged with two counts of armed robbery, and both will have to pay $4,000 in fines.

"The defendants' actions in this case caused unnecessary trauma on hard working citizens, and I hope these sentences show that the court system takes violent acts, such as these, very seriously," said Lawrence.

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