Thursday, December 16, 2021

Bill's Coin Killer Pleads Guilty

 The Justice Department issued the following statement.

 A Biloxi man pleaded guilty to discharging a firearm during the commission of a robbery that killed three people, announced U.S. Attorney Darren J. LaMarca and Special Agent in Charge Jermicha Fomby of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Mississippi.  

According to court documents, Joshua Michael Garcia, 42, and co-defendant Jamison Layne Townsend went to Bill’s Coin & Jewelry in Hinds County on December 17, 2016, to rob the business using a firearm. During the robbery, Garcia shot and killed three employees of the business.

Garcia pleaded guilty to discharging a firearm that resulted in the murder of three persons during the commission of a robbery.  He is scheduled to be sentenced on March 22, 2022, at 9:00 a.m. in Jackson. He faces a maximum penalty of life in prison.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Jackson Police Department with assistance from Geary County, Kansas Sheriff’s Department, the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Mississippi State Crime Laboratory, the United States Marshal’s Service, the Gulfport Police Department, and the Biloxi Police Department.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Erin Chalk.

Kingfish note: Garcia is already serving a life sentence. Earlier post.  The federal indictment stated: 

the two defendants killed 81 year-old Cleveland Mosely, 77 year-old Ted McLemore, and 60 year-old Robert Ivy and robbed the store on December 17, 2016.

Garcia have been in trouble with the law before. His criminal record was:

1999 robbery, Harrison County, 60 months (5 years) probation
2000 robbery, Harrison County, burglary and receiving stolen property – five years to serve on each of the three, with the charges running concurrently, so he had 5 years to serve (
2006 burglary larceny, unoccupied dwelling, Harrison County, 4 years to serve and three years probation (his probation was revoked)
2009 burglary larceny, unoccupied dwelling (same case from 2006) and grand larceny, Harrison County, total nine years to serve.  He was paroled August 2014 , then discharged in January 2015, meaning his sentence expired or he is no longer on supervision.
The case against Garcia's accomplice, Jamison Townsend, is still pending in federal court. And on


Anonymous said...

Think about how many robberies they committed and didn't get caught...worthless scum. Wonder if they are US citizens or not?

Anonymous said...

Absolutely deserves hanging on the courthouse square.

Anonymous said...

Ted McLamore was a kind & older gentlemen, always ready to help & answer questions about their merchandise... especially from children who were developing an interest in coins and or stamps, and happened to be in the store. Such a unforgivable act of pure Evil against all Three. Big Loss.

Mad Money said...

I'll supply the rope....

Anonymous said...

I would like to see him hang in the courthouse square as well. I'd happily work the gallows. Hell, I'll pay for the gallows.

Anonymous said...

Why is he not charged & convicted of capital murder?

Anonymous said...

The killer will rot in jail. But I don't feel like this is justice.

I miss my friends at Bill's.

Anonymous said...

@308, looks like this was tried in federal court; last time I checked, they don't have a capital murder statute that would cover Bill

Anonymous said...

Wasn't the girlfriend of one of them (allegedly) involved also?

Anonymous said...

Think about how many robberies they committed and didn't get caught...worthless scum. Wonder if they are US citizens or not?

A valid question. Who’s ever heard of a US citizen named “Garcia?”

Other than the lead singer of the Grateful Dead, I mean. And millions of others.

Great question, Cletus.

Anonymous said...

Under what grounds can a crime like this be prosecuted in Federal Court? I imagine not dealing with the incompetence of the Hinds County criminal justice system is a big big plus.

Anonymous said...

"He faces a maximum penalty of life in prison." WTF, we getting all warm and fuzzy. He killed three committing a capital crime. His appeal should be 9mm or .45 ACP?

Anonymous said...

Bill was good man who helped many people learn about coin collecting. I miss seeing all of those guys. This was a senseless crime right at Christmas.

Anonymous said...

So we get to fork over $75,000 annually to incarcerate each of these guys for the rest of their lives.
Three rounds of .44 would be a better use of funds.

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