JACKSON, Miss. (WTOK) - Jerome Rashad Benamon, 26, and Edward James Mobley, 36, both of Kemper County, Miss., have been sentenced to prison for armed robbery of a postal carrier.
Benamon was sentenced to serve a total of 15 years in federal prison, followed by four years of supervised release. Mobley was sentenced to serve 15 years and three months in federal prison followed by four years of supervised release.
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Kemper County Sheriff’s Department and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation jointly investigated the case over a period of three months.
A federal jury convicted Benamon and Mobley of armed robbery of a postal worker using a deadly weapon and convicted them of a separate count of discharging a firearm during a federal crime of violence.
A third defendant, Khalil Slayton, 26, previously entered a guilty plea to one count of armed robbery of a postal carrier. Slayton will be sentenced at a later date.
The government says the evidence presented at trial showed that on April 4, 2016, Benamon, Mobley and Slayton planned and carried out the armed robbery at the Porterville, Miss., Post Office. The driver fought back after one of the defendants pointed a pistol at his head, and the firearm was discharged during the struggle.
No one was shot, but the plans of the robbers were disrupted. Money was taken from the driver after the struggle, and the robbers fled in different directions.
The U.S. Attorney's Office says response by law enforcement, particularly the Kemper County Sheriff’s Department, was immediate. The suspects were identified and charged after an investigation.
The case was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspectors, Kemper County Sheriff’s Department, and Mississippi Bureau of Investigation.