Man Receives 30-Year Sentence for Armed Robbery and Kidnapping

Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney John K. Bramlett, Jr., announced today that Deshaun Grissom was sentenced to 30 years in prison for armed robbery and kidnapping.  Five years will be suspended and he will have to serve 25 years in prison.  Upon his release, he will serve five years of supervised probation.

On August 15, 2015, the Richland Police Department was dispatched to the Title Cash on Bud Street regarding a possible armed robbery that had just occurred.  Upon arriving, the clerk told law enforcement that an African American male followed her into the store as she was opening for the day.  The suspect, later identified as Grissom, pulled a weapon from his pocket and pointed it at the clerk. The clerk ran to an adjacent business, Acceptance Insurance, to flee from Grissom.  Grissom followed her into the building and demanded the clerk’s keys.  The employee of Acceptance Insurance was in the parking lot gathering personal items out of her car.  Grissom noticed the employee in the parking lot and demanded that she come to him or he would start shooting. She fled into the Title Cash building to hide and called 911. After rummaging through her car, Grissom fled on foot from the scene.

Officers started looking for the assailant on foot and also called in the k-9 unit.  The dog tracked the suspect to a home that appeared to have been unlawfully entered. 

It was later learned that Grissom broke into that home and forced the occupant, at gunpoint, to transport him to a restaurant in Clinton.  After dropping the assailant off at the restaurant, the occupant of the home returned to find law enforcement where he provided a description of the assailant.

A photo line-up was compiled where Grissom was positively identified by the Title Cash clerk and by the man who was forced to drive him to Clinton.  Grissom was arrested in Tennessee and was extradited back to Mississippi.

District Attorney John K. Bramlett, Jr. stated, “Grissom is an extremely dangerous criminal who had planned this crime for many days.  His arrest is important because we have removed another criminal from society.”

Bramlett concluded, “The Richland Police Department worked this case as hard as any case has been worked and their accomplishments are a great testimony to their commitment to the oath they took to serve and protect.  They should be applauded for their outstanding work and investigatory victories.”

Defendant

Name:              Deshaun Grissom

Date of Birth:   8/30/1990