Update: MDOC reponded to a JJ inquiry regarding whether it would revoke Carter's probation with this statement: "We have asked that a hold be placed on this offender for probation violation." MDOC now wants Carter. It remains to be seen if the Hinds County District Attorney will revive the armed robbery charge that was remanded to file. Question for Mr. Carter: How does it feel to be so popular? Flowood wants you, MDOC wants you, even Robert Schuler Smith might want you.
Original post on 2-11-15: Flowood Poh-lice arrested Carter and Sharonda Willis last week for a string of armed robberies of Flowood gas stations. WLBT reported on February 4:
Twenty-four year-old Roderick Carter of Jackson and 18-year-old Sharonda Willis of Canton were arrested by Flowood Police following a report of an armed robbery at approximately 2:30 a.m. at the Cefco Store located at 5348 Lakeland Dr.He was denied bond by Flowood last week.
The suspects' vehicle was stopped and both arrested within minutes after the 911 call.
“This concludes a 2 week investigation where the same couple robbed 2 other stores in Flowood”, said Flowood Police Chief Richie McCluskey.
The robbery spree began on January 24 when a Cefco Store located at 4445 Mangum Dr. was robbed and then on January 31 another robbery occurred at a Kangaroo store located at 2391 Lakeland Dr. was robbed. All robberies included Carter entering the store wearing covering to hide his identity, displaying a weapon and demanding money.
Undisclosed amounts of money was taken from all locations and Carter and Willis would flee in the vehicle they were arrested in.
Both Carter and Willis were booked into the Rankin County Jail and are charged with 3 counts of armed robbery and Felon in possession of a firearm. If convicted both face 3 years up the possibility of life in prison. WLBT story.
The Kingfish went to the Circuit Clerk's office in Hinds County and presto, there was indeed a court file on this guy. Two files actually. He was indicted for armed robbery on November 9, 2012 with two other defendants for robbing a Wendy's on Ellis Avenue with a handgun. The case was remanded to file as part of a plea agreement with the District Attorney (Educated guess: He either cooperated against the other two defendants or there was a lack of evidence.). He was denied bond for the robbery charge. Judge Winston Kidd ordered him released from jail on February 28, 2014 and stated he had been in continuous custody since July 2012 for this charge and a forgery charge.
Mr. Carter was indicted and convicted of uttering a forgery after he wrote a bad check for $468. He was sentenced to ten years in prison with nine years suspended and given credit for time served in jail. He was set free immediately upon conviction. He was serving a sentence of two years of probation when the arrest took place last week.
This case does not qualify for the Hinds County Catch & Release program but it does show Mr. Carter's successful progress in becoming a career criminal. However, let's see if MDOC will revoke his probation. Mr. Fisher, this is your test.