Josh Bobo entered a petition to plead guilty to one count of unarmed carjacking and one count of simple robbery on December 29, 2014. A grand jury indicted him for carjacking and armed robbery last September for a violent rampage that took place at the Ridgeland Wal-Mart in January 2014. District Attorney Michael Guest recommended Mr. Bobo be incarcerated for 15 years with 5 years suspended. The petition and indictment are posted below.
Mr. Bobo states he was "off of his medications and delusional" when the alleged events took place.
Mr. Bobo was on probation when the alleged events took place. A Rankin County judge sentenced Mr. Bobo to five years supervised probation and ordered him subjected to drug testing after accepting his guilty plea of attempted grand larceny as part of a lesser included charge of burglary of a dwelling on July 8, 2013. Oddly enough, the suspect passed a drug test the day before the alleged events took place in Ridgeland. Mr. Bobo was arrested after he worked for the city of Pearl checking meters. Apparently Mr. Bobo entered a residence and swiped some beer from the fridge. Charges were pressed against Mr. Bobo, hence the conviction.
The incident took place one day before he engaged police and family members in a standoff at the Palisades subdivision by the Reservoir. Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey stated in a press release last year:
Rankin County deputies responded to the area and were met by the suspect’s parents who stated that their son was threatening suicide with a rifle and had threatened them with the rifle. The parents fled the residence in fear for their safety. While on the scene near the residence deputies were threatened to be shot by the suspect if they approached the residence. Deputies on scene called for additional backup and secured the immediate area around the residence.Mr. Bobo served six months in the Rankin County jail for the threats against the police. A Rankin County judge revoked his probation. Mr. Bobo awaits sentencing and faces up to ten years a prison and a fine of $10,000 or less if probation is revoked for the Rankin County conviction.
Mr. Bobo has a history of such behavior:
*Assault on a police officer. Threatened to shoot a deputy at the Palisades standoff a year ago. He served six months in the Rankin County jail from January to July. Standoff on January 5, 2013
* Assault Domestic Violence (Misdemeanor). Threatened to shoot family members in the Palisades standoff. The charge was remanded to the file. In other words, he was not prosecuted at the request of the family members.
*Attempted Grand larceny (Felony). January 4, 2013. Pleaded guilty. 5 years unsupervised probation. Served 48 hours in jail in September for failing to appear for a drug test.
*Driving with a suspended license/Failure to appear in court. July 1, 2010. Remanded to file.
*Assault Domestic Violence (Misdemeanor). February 2, 2008. Guilty. $469 fine and court costs.
*Domestic Violence/Simple Assault (Misdemeanor). June 22, 2008. Remanded to file.
*Seatbelt violation. May 24, 2008. Fine: $35.