Greenville, MS— Guy Burnham, 51, of Greenville was sentenced to ten years following his guilty plea last week in Washington County Circuit Court, District Attorney Dewayne Richardson announced today.
On the night of May 30, 2022, officers with the Greenville Police Department were called to Pin Oak Cove in reference to a robbery. They arrived on scene and spoke with the victims who advised they had just arrived to the house from the store when a man approached them with a gun and demanded the keys to their vehicle before driving away in the stolen car followed by an unknown female in an SUV. The victims positively identified the assailant as Guy Burnham.
An investigation followed and GPD investigators tracked the vehicle down in a neighboring county but it had been destroyed by fire. Burnham was captured and arrested for the robbery. Burnham admitted to taking the car at gunpoint but claimed that the victims had stolen the car from a friend of his and he was “helping them out” by getting it back. While his story did not justify his actions, the lead investigator still attempted to follow up on his claims to leave no stone unturned. The victims produced the title and bill of sale to the vehicle in their name, and the investigator checked out the questionable information provided by Burnham and none of it was found to be credible.
Burnham was later indicted for Armed Robbery and Possession of a Firearm by a Felon.
The trial against Burnham was set to proceed Thursday in the Washington County Circuit Court. With summoned citizens reporting for jury service, he appeared that morning and pled guilty to his crimes. He was sentenced to the District Attorney’s recommendation of ten (10) years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Kaylon McCou and Austin Frye who expressed their gratitude for the investigative efforts of the Greenville Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division and the patience and cooperation of the victims who immediately alerted law enforcement to the crime and remained involved as the case proceeded through the criminal justice process.