Man sentenced to life in prison after armed robbery
Escambia County, Fla. (WEAR) —
A man has been sentenced to serve life in state prison after being convicted by an Escambia County Jury.
Tuesday, May 24, State Attorney Bill Eddins said James Maitland Jones was convicted of robbery with a deadly weapon while wearing a mask and false imprisonment.
On January 26, 2016, Jones entered Mojo's Coffee Shop in Perdido Key with a kitchen knife, a black ski mask, black gloves, and a length of rope. He threatened an employee with the knife, forced her to empty the contents of the cash register, and tied her wrists and ankles together.
During the robbery, staff at a nearby store called 9-1-1. Escambia County deputies apprehended Jones who was still inside the coffee shop.
Since Jones was released from prison in May of 2015, he qualified for enhanced sentencing as a prison release reoffender.
Because of that the judge sentenced him to serve life in state prison.
The investigation and arrest were conducted by the Escambia County Sheriff's Office.