Bizarre trial ends with 55 year sentence for armed robber

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Blue Ridge, Ga. – In what might be remembered as one of the most bizarre trials to be held in Fannin County in 2019, a jury has found 22 year old Hamond Mormon guilty and Appalachian Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Brenda Weaver handed down a 55 year sentence in the case.

Mormon, along with his mother Melisse Mormon (aka Melisse Marmon) and cousin Rashad Morman, were accused in the Labor Day 2017 armed robbery of the AT&T store located off of Scenic Drive.

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Hamond Mormon was found guilty on 14 counts and sentenced to 55 years.

According to law enforcement statements, as well as surveillance footage from the store, Rashad and Hamond entered the store, both armed, and forced employees to hand over cash, personal belongings, and cell phones.

Melisse waited outside for the two to return and drove the getaway vehicle. The resulting chase between the trio and law enforcement involved speeds over 100 mph and only ended when Fannin County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Jacob Pless disabled the suspects’ vehicle through use of a PIT (Pursuit Intervention Technique) maneuver.

A jury made up of 6 men and 6 women, with a female alternate, listened the state’s argument presented by Appalachian Judicial Circuit District Attorney, B. Alison Sosebee and watched the antics of Defendant Hamond Mormon unfold for several days.

Mormon made his intentions known to the court that he would be defending himself and opted out of representation by a public defender.

Mormon also exercised his right to declare Sovereign Citizenship, a move that has repeatedly been struck down by higher courts and considered an invalid claim.

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Sovereign Citizens “believe that even though they physically reside in this country, they are separate or “sovereign” from the United States. As a result, they believe they don’t have to answer to any government authority, including courts, taxing entities, motor vehicle departments, or law enforcement”.

One of papers filed by Mormon to Judge Weaver and District Attorney Sosebee states: “As a true flesh and blood American and sovereign citizen, I refuse to participate in any colorable law schemes or practices”.

The first several days of the trial were anything but normal for members of the jury to witness and court staff to accommodate. Mormon, representing himself, would often refuse to acknowledge Judge Weaver as she gave explanations of court proceedings to ensure that he was aware everything that was going on.

Mormon also refused to wear clothes to court and instead sat in the courtroom cloaked in a blanket. Despite his seemingly odd behavior, an extensive mental evaluation was performed by the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities and found Mormon to be of sound mind and competent to stand trial.

On the day of closing arguments, Mormon refused to come to the courtroom all together, and Judge Weaver was putting her foot down as well stating that if Mormon did show he would be required to wear clothing.

Sosebee presented her closing argument to the jury and reminded everyone: “The State of Georgia is not required to prove the guilt of the accused beyond all doubt or to a mathematical certainty. It has to be a reasonable doubt.” Sosebee added to this, “We have in fact carried that burden.”

With Judge Weaver reminding the jury that Mormon’s behavior in the courtroom is not indicative of guilt and that the jury should only consider the evidence presented in the case, the 12 member (plus an alternate) was dismissed for deliberations.

Deliberation only took 21 minutes before the jury informed the court that they had reached a verdict in the case. The foreman stood and read a verdict of guilty on all counts. Weaver polled each jury member individually to ensure that each member had in fact reached this unanimous decision.

“This has been a little bit of an unusual trial,” Judge Weaver spoke directly to the jury before their dismissal, “I appreciate your patience with us.”

After the jury left the courtroom, Fannin County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Todd Pack was once again tasked with inquiring as to whether Mormon would like to enter the courtroom. Mormon had previously declined Pack’s offer for closing arguments and then again for the reading of the verdict.

Declining for a third time to enter the courtroom for sentencing, according to Pack, Mormon stated, “You are sentencing an artificial being. My name is not Hamond Dontel Mormon. I am not who they say that I am.”

Before handing down the sentence Weaver addressed her feelings on the case involving Mormon, “I guess of the three defendants I have a little more sympathy for him because of his background…than I have for the others.”

Weaver went on to explain that after having read Mormon’s evaluation by the state and given the details of his past that she felt “he never really had a chance”.

Mormon received a total of 55 years to serve 50 of those years in prison. A breakdown of the sentencing is as follows:

  • Count 1 – Armed Robbery – 20 years to serve
  • Count 2 – Armed Robbery – 20 years to serve consecutive to Count 1
  • Count 3 – Aggravated Assault – Merge w/ count 1
  • Count 4 – Aggravated Assault – Merge w/ count 1
  • Count 5 – Aggravated Assault – Merge w/ count 1
  • Count 6 – Aggravated Assault – Merge w/ count 1
  • Count 7 – Kidnapping – 20 years to run concurrent with Count 1
  • Count 8 – Kidnapping – 20 years to run concurrent with Count 1
  • Count 9 – False Imprisonment – 10 years concurrent with Count 1
  • Count 10 – False Imprisonment – 10 years concurrent with Count 1
  • Count 11 – Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Felony – 5 years to serve consecutive to Count 2
  • Count 12 – Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Felony – 5 years to serve consecutive to Count 11
  • Count 13 – Possession of Tools for the Commission of a Crime – 5 years probation to run consecutive to Count 12
  • Count 14 – Theft by Taking – Merge with Count 1

 

 

 

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Armed robbery suspects sentenced up to 70 years

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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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Suspect apprehended after robbing customer at BB&T

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BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – A suspect was apprehended by the Fannin County Sheriff’s Office(FCSO) Friday morning following a robbery attempt at the BB&T bank on 3831 Appalachian Hwy. in Blue Ridge.

According to the booking report issued by the FCSO, Andrae Decarlos Foster, 39, of Powder Springs, Georgia, was arrested Friday, Dec. 15, at 9:47 a.m. by FCSD Deputy Brian Wingate shortly after the robbery attempt.

(photo courtesy of Becky Dills Walker)

Capt. R.A. Stuart, of the Blue Ridge Police Department (BRPD), reported that Foster entered the bank at approximately 9:30 a.m., and while a customer was in the process of making a cash transaction, Foster knocked the customer to the floor, took the money from the counter and ran from the building. Stuart stated Foster was unarmed and the customer did not suffer any injuries in the attack.

Minutes later, after authorities spotted a vehicle matching that of the suspect’s at a business just south of the BB&T bank, Foster again fled in the vehicle traveling south on Hwy. 515 with FCSD Investigator Scott Galloway and Deputy Wingate along with BRPD Lt. Gary Huffman pursuing him. Fannin County Sheriff Dane Kirby confirmed authorities pursued Foster south on Hwy. 515 into Gilmer County and apprehended the suspect near Appalachian Supply Company just north of East Ellijay in Gilmer county.

Stuart reported that the incident ended “peacefully,” and Foster is currently being held by the BRPD in the Fannin County Detention Center. “It was a great effort and a quick response from both the FCSD and BRPD in apprehending the suspect,” Stuart stated, adding that credit is also due to Capt. Justin Turner, of the FCSD, for his assistance with arrest.

At this time, charges against Foster are pending with a probation hold from Cherokee County, Georgia.

After the incident, BB&T closed temporarily but is now open and operating under normal capacity.

David R. White, BB&T Vice President of Corporate Communications, spoke briefly on the incident saying, “First and foremost, at BB&T we are committed to providing a safe and secure environment for our associates and where our clients can conduct their banking business. We cannot comment further on this situation as to do so might compromise the safety (and) the security of our clients and employees.”

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Additional Charges are Filed Against Armed Robbery Suspects

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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.

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AT&T store where armed robbery occurred on September 4th.

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.Blue Ridge, Fannin County, Georgia, Armed Robbery, Melisse Marmon, Rashad Marmon, Hammond Marmon, Magistrate Judge Brian Jones, District Attorney Alison Sosbee

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.”

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Armed Robbery Suspects Appear in Court

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BLUE RIDGE, GA – An armed robbery occurred on Labor Day, September 4th, 2017 ended with 3 in custody. The three suspects involved in the robbery entered court today for their first arraignment.

Melisse Marmon, Hammond Marmon, and Rashad Marmon walked slowly into court still visibly sore from the auto accident which ultimately ended a high speed chase that led to the suspects’ arrests.Blue Ridge, Fannin County, Georgia, Armed Robbery

Chief Magistrate Brian Jones initially made sure that all information pertaining to the suspects was correct. Upon questioning each suspect, it was found that the addresses given to booking officers were incorrect as well as the spelling of their last names.

While each suspect had listed as being from Louisiana, it was discovered that Melisse Marmon has been living in Kennesaw, Ga for three years. The other two suspects had recently moved in with Ms. Marmon and had only been in the area for a couple of months.

Melisse Marmon was read the initial charge against her, a felony warrant for aiding in a crime. She replied she was aware of the charge but added that at that time she “did not know a crime had been committed.”

Rashad Marmon was next to appear in front of Chief Magistrate Jones. He acknowledged the charge against him of felony armed robbery. In discussing the terms of a bond, it was revealed Rashad has an outstanding warrant in Houston, Texas for felony theft.

Hammond Marmon was last to approach the Judge, and like the previous suspects acknowledged the charge against him of felony armed robbery. When bond was discussed Marmon became distressed questioning the actions of the court.

He said to the judge, “I thought you were presumed innocent until proven guilty.”

To which District Attorney Alison Sosebee replied, “Your Honor, I expect there to be many more warrants for these individuals.” Stating that it was still an open investigation.

Hammond Marmon then made a case for why he would not be a flight risk, addressing the judge once again, “Sir, I don’t have any criminal history.”
Marmon added, “I was recently shot” referring to a gunshot wound to the stomach that he had received. “I am not a flight risk because of my medical.”

Chief Magistrate Jones ultimately decided to deny all three suspects bond at this time citing that it is still an open investigation. All three suspects also rejected the option of representation from a public defender and opted to have an outside attorney. No attorney was present with the suspects today in court.

Armed Robbery in Blue Ridge – Suspects in Custody

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Armed Robbery in Blue Ridge – Suspects in Custody

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BLUE RIDGE, GA – An armed robbery occurred in Blue Ridge, Georgia on Labor Day.   Armed robbers entered the AT&T store located off of Scenic Drive at approximately 5:40 P.M. on Monday, September 4, 2017. Police were able to apprehend the suspects after a high speed chase that led through two counties.

Employees were terrified as two men entered the store with faces covered and guns drawn. The robbers demanded that the two employees lay on the floor and then forced one employee to give them all cash on hand.

As the suspects, 20 year old Rashad Morman and 22 year old Hammond Morman, exited the store a third suspect, 38 year old Melisse Morman waited on them to return to their vehicle.

Police were notified of the robbery and Captain Rob Stuart with City of Blue Ridge Police Department was able to locate and follow the vehicle. Sergeant Jacob Pless and many other officers responded to the pursuit taking place on Hwy 2.

As the suspects crossed into Gilmer County, speeds reached in excess of 100 M.P.H. After eluding stop sticks put in place by Ellijay Police, the chase continued, nearing heavily trafficked areas in Ellijay.

Sgt. Pless was able to perform a Pursuit Immobilization Technique (P.I.T), which ended the chase with the suspects losing control of their vehicle and crashing into nearby trees.

All three suspects were taken to Fannin Regional Hospital for evaluation. Warrants were issued and they are currently being held in Fannin County.

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Gang related charges for 2 in arrest of 6 in Burglary of Jasper Convenience Store same suspects involved with Fannin Robbery

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Update January 4th 2016

FetchYourNews.com has confirmed with authorities two of the six arrested will be facing gang related charges.  FYN will update as more information becomes available.

Pickens County Georgia, January 3, 2017:

During the night of January 1st , deputies with the Pickens Sheriff’s Office and Jasper Police Officers arrest 6 individuals for breaking into the Dunn’s Food Mart in Talking Rock Georgia.scene

Deputies with the Pickens Sheriff’s Office spotted a suspicious vehicle near the Dunn’s Food Mart located at the intersection of Hwy 515 and Antioch Church Road in Talking Rock Georgia. While the deputies were speaking with the two individuals, Jasper Police Officers confirmed that a break in had taken place at Dunn’s Food Mart.

 

As both agencies continued the investigation, 4 additional individuals were arrested in connections to the case. Detectives then began the work of processing the scene and learned that another convenient store in Fannin County had also been burglarized during the night. After reaching out to detectives with the Fannin County Sheriff’s Office, it was determined that the same individuals were involved in that burglary as well.

At this time, all individuals are being charged with Burglary and additional pending charges.

The individuals arrested are:

Pictured L-R

 Kendra Nicole Brown, 32 year old, black female from Decatur Georgia  Harriett Renea Gray, 44 year old, black female from Atlanta Georgia  Anquesia Rena Gray, 26 year old, black female from Atlanta Georgia  Phillip Brandon Kemp, 23 year old, black male from Forrest Park Georgia  Kelly Montique Rabon, 18 year old, black male from Atlanta Georgia  Trayvis Dwong Gray, 25 year old, black male from Atlanta Georgia

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Due to the fact that the investigation is ongoing and active, no additional details are available.

Related Six Arrested on Suspicion of Burglary

Deputies arrest 6 in Burglary of Jasper Convenience Store same suspects involved with Fannin Robbery

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Pickens County Georgia, January 3, 2017:

During the night of January 1st , deputies with the Pickens Sheriff’s Office and Jasper Police Officers arrest 6 individuals for breaking into the Dunn’s Food Mart in Talking Rock Georgia.scene

Deputies with the Pickens Sheriff’s Office spotted a suspicious vehicle near the Dunn’s Food Mart located at the intersection of Hwy 515 and Antioch Church Road in Talking Rock Georgia. While the deputies were speaking with the two individuals, Jasper Police Officers confirmed that a break in had taken place at Dunn’s Food Mart.

 

As both agencies continued the investigation, 4 additional individuals were arrested in connections to the case. Detectives then began the work of processing the scene and learned that another convenient store in Fannin County had also been burglarized during the night. After reaching out to detectives with the Fannin County Sheriff’s Office, it was determined that the same individuals were involved in that burglary as well.

At this time, all individuals are being charged with Burglary and additional pending charges.

The individuals arrested are:

Pictured L-R

 Kendra Nicole Brown, 32 year old, black female from Decatur Georgia  Harriett Renea Gray, 44 year old, black female from Atlanta Georgia  Anquesia Rena Gray, 26 year old, black female from Atlanta Georgia  Phillip Brandon Kemp, 23 year old, black male from Forrest Park Georgia  Kelly Montique Rabon, 18 year old, black male from Atlanta Georgia  Trayvis Dwong Gray, 25 year old, black male from Atlanta Georgia

brown-kendragray-harriettgray-anqueshakemp-philliprabon-kellygray-trayvis

Due to the fact that the investigation is ongoing and active, no additional details are available.

Related Six Arrested on Suspicion of Burglary

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