BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – After a week-long trial, two of the suspects found guilty in the Labor Day 2017 armed robbery of an AT&T store on Scenic Drive, have been sentenced.
Melisse Marmon and Rashad Marmon were found guilty of crimes including two counts of armed robbery, two counts of aggravated assault with intent to rob, two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, two counts of kidnapping, two counts of false imprisonment, two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, one count of possession of tools for the commission of a crime, and one count of theft by taking.
Melisse Marmon, the driver of the car in which the three suspects fled, was found guilty of additional charges, including two counts of fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer and one count of reckless driving.
The police pursuit of the suspects reached speeds of over 100 mph and led law enforcement in a chase across two counties.
On Thursday, May 17, Chief Superior Court Judge Brenda Weaver sentenced both Melisse Marmon and Rashad Marmon. The suspects were given sentences for each individual charge with some sentences being merged and others to be served consecutively.
Rashad Marmon was sentenced to a total of 60 years with the first 55 years “to be served in confinement.” The remaining five years may be served on probation.
Melisse Marmon received a total of 70 years with the first 65 years “to be served in confinement.” The remaining five years may be served on probation.
According to witnesses in court, Melisse Marmon expressed that she would be seeking an appeal.
The third suspect apprehended after the robbery, Hammond Marmon, is expected to go to trial at a later date.
[Featured image: Suspects are, from left to right: Melisse Marmon, Hammond Marmon, and Rashad Marmon.]
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BLUE RIDGE, GA – The three suspects accused of armed robbery of an AT&T store, earlier this month, appeared in court again on Tuesday, September 12, 2017. This second appearance came about as law enforcement worked to conclude their investigation of the September 4th robbery.
Melisse Marmon, who is already facing one felony charge of being a party to a crime, returned to court to face an additional charge of the same felony. Marmon did confirm that she, as well as the others accused, has retained legal counsel.
After a recommendation from District Attorney Alison Sosebee that bond be denied, Marmon became distressed and began to plead her case to Magistrate Judge Brian Jones.
“Your Honor, how can I be a party to anything? I didn’t know anything was happening.” She went on to say, “Please your Honor, I am an upstanding citizen, who’s only ever had a seatbelt violation.”
After consideration, Jones responded asking Marmon about her ties to Fannin County. It was discovered that Marmon drives through Fannin County about once every three months for work in Cherokee County.
Ultimately Jones agreed with Sosebee’s recommendation finding that Melisse Marmon had no significant ties to our area that would deem her as not being a flight risk.
Hammond and Rashad Marmon also faced an additional six charges each. Both of the accused were charged with felony aggravated assault, felony possession of a firearm during a crime, possession of tools of a crime, kidnapping, false imprisonment, and felony armed robbery.
Hammond Marmon approached the bench first. He refused to acknowledge that he understood the first charge read against him of felony aggravated assault, he questioned Judge Jones, “Are they saying I shot someone?”
District Attorney Sosbee took the time to clarify the charges for Hammond, and read the exact legal definition of felony aggravated assault. Hammond finally acknowledged that he understood the charges, but before being seated wanted to voice his opinion about how he felt he was being treated unfairly in jail.
His complaint centered around his not being able to use the phone to contact his attorney. He stated that he had “made multiple requests” for phone use, but has had to use the payphone.
With no way of confirming Hammond’s story on the spot, Judge Jones addressed prison personnel, “Make sure he has access to a phone. We don’t deny anyone their rights.”
Rashad Marmon was last to approach the bench, and already argumentative. Before Judge Jones could address Marmon he blurted out, “I already have a question.”
“Where did they find a gun or knife in my possession?”
Jones replied that this was not a trial, but an arraignment and proceeded to read the charges against Marmon.
Much like Hammond, Rashad wanted further explanation for the charges. District Attorney Alison Sosebee clarified the legal definitions of Felony Armed Robbery and Felony Aggravated Assault. To which Rashad replied, “Sounds the same to me.”
All three suspects were denied bond at this time. Sosebee stated that she thought these charges “were the conclusion of law enforcement’s investigation,” but that her office might “seek additional charges when before a grand jury.”