Leahman given 25 year sentence

Greenwood, MS – In Greenwood, Robert Leahman, 32 yoa, pled guilty to multiple charges that stemmed from him attacking and robbing Robert Moore on November 20, 2014, District Attorney Dewayne Richardson announced today.

Robert Leahman was arrested by the Greenwood Police Department three months later after the incident and he then confessed to robbing Mr. Moore.  Leahman admitted to going to the home of Moore in search of money as he had a drug problem.  While in the home of Robert Moore, he beat Moore with a stolen firearm and stole the money from Moore’s pockets.  Robert Leahman was charged with Armed Robbery, Aggravated Assault and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.

Leahman was indicted by the April 2015 grand jury and he was set to stand trial on Wednesday, January 6, 2016.  Instead of going to trial, Leahman pled guilty on January 4, 2016.  Judge White-Richard sentenced him to the State’s recommendation and ordered that Leahman serve 25 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections for the Armed Robbery conviction where he will be serve the first 20 years in prison without any early release. After his release Robert Leahman will be on probation for 5 years.

Richardson added that, “the District Attorney’s office feels that justice has been served by the conviction and penalty imposed on this defendant. All defendants sentenced to the Penitentiary for Armed Robbery are required by law to serve 100% of their sentence without any early release or parole.”

Contact: W. Dewayne Richardson
District Attorney, Fourth Circuit Court District | 662-378-2105

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