Gulfport man sentenced to 20 years for role in armed robbery

Gulfport man sentenced to 20 years for role in armed robbery

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A Gulfport man will spend 20 years in prison for his role in an armed robbery in Long Beach.

The District Attorney's office said Javaris Dixon pleaded guilty to armed robbery. Harrison County Circuit Court Judge Roger Clark sentenced Dixon to 20 years in prison, day-for-day, without the possibility of parole.

The conviction stems from an arrest on September 12, 2014 by the Long Beach Police Department following an armed robbery at a Hancock Bank. Court documents state that Dixon and a man police identified previously as Austin Hubbard were armed when they walked into the bank and jumped over the counter. Police say the pair left the bank with approximately $3,300 and then led officers on a chase that ended in Gulfport.

Assistant District Attorney Crosby Parker said the bank branch will forever be haunted by the memory of what happened to them on that day.

"It is important for the well-being and safety of our community that violent offenders be punished appropriately for their crimes," District Attorney Joel Smith said. "This is an individual who has earned every day of the sentence imposed on him by Judge Clark."

The DA's office said Hubbard's trial for his role in the robbery is set for next month.

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