MARION, AR, June 8, 2016- Scott Ellington, Prosecuting Attorney for the Second Judicial District of Arkansas announced Thursday that a Crittenden County jury convicted Roosevelt Rashun Coleman of Aggravated Robbery and commission the crime with a firearm. The jury returned the verdict Wednesday evening after a three-day jury trail. Deputy Prosecuting Attorney J. Matthew Coe prosecuted the case for the State of Arkansas.

Circuit Judge Ralph Wilson sentenced Coleman to life in prison in the Arkansas Department of Corrections as a habitual violent offender, having been convicted of residential burglary on two previous occasions.

Ellington said, “Because of the hard work of Deputy Prosecuting Attorney J. Matthew Coe, as well as Detective Freddy Williams and law enforcement with the Marion Police Department, Crittenden County will not have to worry about this violent individual walking the streets of their community.”

Coe said, “I am appreciative of the hard work of Detective Freddy Williams and the Marion Police Department, as well as the help and assistance that they received from the citizens of Crittenden County in bringing Coleman to justice. I applaud the jury’s difficult task in this case as well. Due to everyone’s efforts, this violent criminal has been removed from our community.”

According to the evidence introduced at trial, Coleman entered the Dollar General on the I-55 Service Road in Marion, Arkansas, on September 14, 2015 around 8:30 pm. He held the assistant manager at gun point and pushed her to the store’s cash registers and demanded money. While the assistant manager complied with his demand, he struck her on the head with the butt end of the gun, resulting in a significant injury to the assistant manager which necessitated treatment at a local hospital. After taking cash from the registers, Coleman fled the store on foot.