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Gulfport man sentenced for pellet gun armed robbery

Dennis Bostwick, 23, of Gulfport, pleaded guilty this week to the July 4, 2015 armed robbery of a Kangaroo gas station at the corner of Dedeaux and Three Rivers roads.  (Photo source: Gulfport Police) Dennis Bostwick, 23, of Gulfport, pleaded guilty this week to the July 4, 2015 armed robbery of a Kangaroo gas station at the corner of Dedeaux and Three Rivers roads.  (Photo source: Gulfport Police)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

A man who was already on probation when he decided to rob a Gulfport gas station with a pellet gun will spend the next 15 years behind bars for the crime. 

Dennis Bostwick, 23, of Gulfport, pleaded guilty this week to the July 4, 2015 armed robbery of a Kangaroo gas station at the corner of Dedeaux and Three Rivers roads. 

The robbery happened around 5:30am. Store clerks said a man wearing a bandana over his face walked in, pulled out a gun, and demanded money. They gave him cash, he jumped in a car and drove away. 

The clerk quickly called police with a description of the robber and the car he was driving. Just five minutes later, a Gulfport police officer found a car matching the description less than one mile from the Kangaroo. 

"Upon the officer’s approach to the vehicle, the Defendant fled on foot and was apprehended a short distance from the car after the officer was required to deploy his taser. Inside the car, officers located a bandana matching the description given by the clerks, a pellet handgun, safe drop envelopes and a majority of the cash taken during the robbery," said ADA Matthew Burrell who prosecuted the case on behalf of the District Attorney’s Office. 

At the time of the crime, Bostwick was on probation for a 2012 burglary of a storage shed in Long Beach. As a result of his new charge, probation was revoked and he was sentenced to serve seven years in that case, which by law will be served consecutively to his sentence on the new armed robbery.  

"It is due to the swift actions of the citizens of our community as well as our law enforcement agencies, that this violent criminal was quickly caught," District Attorney Joel Smith said. "This criminal has earned the prison terms handed down by Judge Bourgeois."

Circuit Court Judge Larry Bourgeois sentenced Bostwick to 30 years for the Armed Robbery, suspended 15 years of the sentence, leaving 15 years to serve in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections. Upon his release from incarceration, he'll be placed on five years of post-release supervision.  
 
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