Thursday, February 5, 2015

Cypress Lake robber gets 40 years.

Madison-Rankin District Attorney Michael Guest issued the following press release:

Defendant Who Failed to Appear for Trial Receives 50-year Sentence
for Armed Robbery that Occurred In a Madison Neighborhood

                Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that Juantez D. McDonald, who was convicted by a jury of two counts of armed robbery in December 2014, was sentenced this week to serve fifty years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections.  The last ten years of the sentence was suspended.  Sentencing had been delayed because McDonald failed to appear at trial and was convicted in his absence. 

            McDonald was part of a ring of burglars that included Drodriquez Lamond Williams, DeWayne Eugene Mannery and Harvea L. Motallebi.  Williams, Mannery, and Montallebi all pled guilty and testified against McDonald at trial.

            On May 5, 2014, the Madison Police Department responded to a 911 call in the Cypress Lake Subdivision regarding two individuals who were robbed at gunpoint in their garage.  The gunmen stole an iPhone, cash and a wallet from the couple.  The victims, who own King Buffett, were followed home from work after the robbers watched them leave the restaurant. 

            When the Madison Police Department arrived they observed a white car approaching the gate of the subdivision at a high rate of speed.  As the vehicle came through the gate and officers pulled their weapons and ordered the individuals in the car to stop.  The vehicle came to a stop, but before law enforcement could remove the four suspects from the vehicle the car sped away almost hitting the officers.  

A chase began on Highland Colony Parkway that took them through Madison, Ridgeland and Jackson neighborhoods before being called off due to the dangerous nature of the pursuit.  However, officers were able to get a license plate number of the car and traced the vehicle to Williams who lived in Jackson. 

            Williams was later arrested and questioned by law enforcement.  He admitted that he was involved in the robbery and told police the names of the other three individuals that were with him.  The victims were then shown a photo lineup and were able to identify McDonald.     

            Guest stated, “McDonald is a dangerous individual that will now spend the next 40 years of his life behind bars.  McDonald erroneously believed that he could escape justice by failing to appear at his trial.   McDonald’s time on the run was short lived as Madison and Hinds County law enforcement were able to apprehend him, within just a few days, in Jackson.”

Guest added, “McDonald’s conviction and sentencing now brings an end to a ring of armed robbers who targeted foreign nationals living in the metro area.  All four defendants involved were arrested, indicted and either entered pleas of guilty or were brought to trial within a period of only a few months. I hope that these convictions will continue to send a message that violent criminals who prey on the citizens of Madison County will be held accountable for their crimes.”

            Guest concluded, “The Madison Police Department did an outstanding job in every area of this case and should be applauded for their outstanding efforts.  Their hard work has helped remove four dangerous criminals from our streets.”

District Attorney Michael Guest was sworn into office in January 2008 and represents the Twentieth Judicial District, Madison and Rankin Counties.  For more information regarding the District Attorney’s office, please visit  For breaking news from the DA’s office please download our app, daguest.


Name:                          Juantez McDonald
Address:                      28 Wistera Court, Jackson
Date of Birth:               7-28-96

Kingfish note: This is a crime that took place in Madison County.  The victims were minorities. 


Anonymous said...

In Hinds County this case would probably just be dismissed because the guy didn't show.

Anonymous said...

Please help get the word of this outcome to other thugs in Jackson who might think Asians in Madison are a great target for their thuggery.

OTOH thugs aren't known for their skill at long-term planning.

Anonymous said...

best to keep ones criminal activity in Hinds county. 5000 dollar bonds, catch and release, charges regularly not filed in a timely manner which results in charges dropped, judges giving probation or lite sentences. crime doesn't pay in Madison county.

Anonymous said...

That sends the correct message.

Anonymous said...

If he failed to appear...does that mean he is out and about? Or do they have him in custody and he refused to attend?


Pittpanther said...

Near as I can tell, he failed to appear by jumping bail. Apparently armed robbers get bail in Madison county also.

Anonymous said...

He was immediately held on a $1M bond, but the judge then reduced that to a $100,000 bond, which he skipped out on:

Anonymous said...

As a Jacksonian, we need more criminals doing their business in Madison and Rankin, that way they will get caught and actually prosecuted, unlike what Shuler Smith does here (nothing).

thusbloggedanderson said...

Poor guy wishes he'd just crashed into a schoolteacher & killed her.

Property > life.

Anderson Blogged Idiocy said...

My earlier reply to Anderson was rejected by the moderator. Maybe it would have been acceptable had I used the F word. Let me try another way. Anderson's suggestion is idiotic. There is no way to draw a comparison between being a danger to society and a teenager who pleaded guilty to manslaughter by wreckless driving. And if the attempt is made (by Anderson) to compare loss of life with theft of property, that's ludicrous. We lock away people we determine (by whatever process) to be a danger to society and we roll the dice on some of the others, assuming it will serve no further useful purpose to warehouse them for longer time periods. Then sometimes we look back over the results later to gauge our decisions.

I also think its a waste of state resources to demand drug tests after release when drugs were not involved in the felonious incident for which incarcerated (even though it IS a mandated part of the process). Makes no more sense than examining the contents of a man's refrigerator or the stuff on his hard drive after release.

Anonymous said...

Where is the doofus John Reeves in all of this. The WT Party candidate?? Geez I feel slighted!

Anonymous said...

Property (in Madison) > life (in Jackson).

fixed it for you

Anonymous said...

Anderson blogged idiocy?

Where have you been?

thusbloggedanderson said...

7:27 assumes that society has no interest in retributive justice. I disagree. We don't lock people up solely to protect ourselves from them. We lock them up also for doing wicked (and felonious) things.

7:27 is free to disagree, but I don't think punishment as retribution is "idiotic." What other rationale is there for the death penalty, for instance?

Anonymous said...

7:37 Boy, you are a special kind of stupid, aren't you?

The "other" rationale for the death penalty is so we suffering taxpayers don't have to pay for the care and feeding of a psychopathic murderer until his natural death. How much has Charles Manson cost the taxpayers of California over the last 40 years? What did they get for their money? Was there, perhaps, some better use to which that money could have been put?

I assume he at least paid for his own recent marriage license :-)

Anonymous said...

Is he in custody or is he out and about since he skipped trial?

thusbloggedanderson said...

Retributive justice.

The author's e-mail address is at the bottom, so you can write & tell him he's stupid, too. I'm sure he'll find you persuasive. Have a nice day!

Anonymous said...

Of course anderson thinks this is as simple as property > fits his agenda, whether it be black/white or Madison/Jackson. Anderson prefers we ignore the details of the situations and the intent of the robber compared to Van Sice. Anderson doesn't care that the robber went on a mission to commit this crime and it didn't end with the robbery. No, he fled from the neighborhood, barely missing the cops trying to stop them, then sped thru Ridgeland headed to JXN. Anderson sees no infraction committed on the robber's part for skipping out on his court date. Anderson sees this as a simple comparison, and for that, Anderson is simply an idiot.

Anonymous said...

8:45 the release says they caught him a few days after missing the court date, in Jackson.

thusbloggedanderson said...

9:34, exactly where did I criticize the sentence imposed on the robber?

This s--- is why I sometimes comment here anonymously; the sight of my name seems to deprive some people of even the most elementary reading comprehension.

Armed robbery is a threat to kill someone. It's a very serious crime. I can't say that 40 years is too much. What I'm complaining about is the excessively lenient sentence imposed on the guy who killed the MRA teacher.

Anonymous said...

This s--- is why I sometimes comment here anonymously; the sight of my name seems to deprive some people of even the most elementary reading comprehension.

We already know that you do Anderson. You only sign in with your nom de plume when you feel moved to lay your hands on us to heal our sicknesses and infirmities. Best part is when you start speaking in tongues.

thusbloggedanderson said...

4:50 - Funk not only moves, it REmoves. Dig?

Thus Wrote I said...

I believe what Mr. Anderson is saying is "Sometimes I dress incognito, clothing myself in mysterious garb so as to throw off admiring members of the public who are prone to go into fits if they recognize me. I am well known in these parts and fully understand the rigors people go into when they recognize me or my printed comments. In order to provide a level playing field for the proletariat, I find this essential and hope you will understand".

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