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2 suspects plead guilty in armed Ark. IHOP robbery
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SALINE COUNTY, Ark. (BPD) - Saline County Prosecuting Attorney Ken Casady announced that two of the four suspects arrested for an armed robbery at the IHOP in Bryant entered guilty pleas to Aggravated Robbery on Monday, January 12, 2015.  Judge Gary Arnold accepted deputy prosecuting attorney Brian Clary’s recommendation and sentenced Ibrhiem Delgado, of Atlanta, GA, and Christian Harris, of Dallas, TX, to 10 years’ imprisonment at the Department of Correction.

 

The armed robbery occurred at approximately 9:00 p.m. on October 25, 2015.  After seeing a woman with a large amount of money at Walmart, the suspects followed the woman to IHOP.  When she left IHOP and entered her car, the suspects approached her, brandished a gun, and stole her purse.  During his plea, Harris admitted that he held the gun during the robbery.  Delgado participated in the theft of the woman’s purse.  Delgado was represented by James Burns and Harris by Toney Brasuell.  The remaining suspects’ cases are pending in court.

Also on Monday, Jerrime Mardis, of Bryant, plead guilty to two counts of Residential Burglary and one count of Possession of a Firearm by Certain Persons.  Judge Arnold sentenced Mardis to 30 years’ imprisonment based on Clary’s recommendation.

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Mardis broke into two homes on E. Polk Road in Alexander.  After stealing a firearm and loose change from the first home, Mardis went to a second home down the street.  He entered the second home with the firearm taken from the first burglary.  A man at the second home found Mardis and held him at gunpoint until authorities arrived.  At the time of the burglaries, Mardis was a parolee under the supervision of the Department of Community Correction.  Mardis was sentenced as a habitual offender due to his multiple prior convictions for Residential Burglary.  Ray Baxter, of Benton, represented Mardis.

Commenting on both cases, Casady commended the work of both the Bryant Police Department and Saline County Sheriff’s Department. “Their quick actions led to the successful apprehension and prosecution of violent criminals,” Casady stated.  He added, “individuals with no respect for the hard earned property of others, and those prepared to use force against law abiding citizens in public areas or the privacy of a home, should be prepared to spend time in prison.”  Mardis, 30, may be eligible for release when he is 55 years old.  Harris, 21, and Delgado, 20, may be eligible for parole in 7 years.  In addition to their time in prison, Harris and Delgado will be subject to 10 years’ suspended sentence after their release.  A violation of their suspended sentence could result in a return to prison for life.

(Source: Bryant Police Department)

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