Jury convicts Casey Birkley of Armed Robbery
Greenville, MS – Washington County resident Casey Birkely was found guilty of Armed Robbery in Washington County Circuit Court, District Attorney Dewayne Richardson announced today. After only 32 minutes of deliberations, a Washington County jury announced their verdict in open court at 5:52 today. Following one day of testimony, Casey Birkley was convicted for robbing the Exxon at 711 Reed Road with a handgun. The victim testified in open how Birkley displayed a handgun and demanded the stores money moments before she closed the store for the night.
This is Casey Birkely’s third conviction for Armed Robbery in Washington County. Casey Birkley was convicted in 2005 for two Armed Robberies that he committed at the Double Quicks on Broadway Ave. Birkley received a 15 year sentence for those crimes and served 10 years in prison.
Casey Birkley was released from prison on October 27, 2013 and committed this armed robbery just two months later. Casey Birkley also has two other pending Armed Robbery cases in Washington County. After his conviction today, Birkley was sentenced to Life in prison because he was indicted as a Violent Habitual Offender. This case was investigated by the Greenville Police Department and the District Attorney’s office appreciates their hard work in helping to remove another criminal from the streets of Washington County. District Attorney W. Dewayne Richardson and Assistant District Attorney Abe McGlothin, Jr. prosecuted this case on behalf of the State of Mississippi.
May 5, 2015
Contact: W. Dewayne Richardson
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