BLYTHEVILLE, AR – Scott Ellington, District Prosecuting Attorney for the Second Judicial District of Arkansas, announces that last night a Mississippi County jury convicted Rodney Willis, Jr. of Blytheville, 21, on two counts of aggravated robbery in connection with the April 2016 robberies of Pizza Hut and Jordan’s QuikStop.


Willis was sentenced to ten (10) years on each count, to run concurrently. Under Arkansas law, Willis will not be eligible for parole until he has served a minimum of seventy percent (70%) of his sentence. The two juveniles involved in the robberies have been sentenced through the juvenile court system; the remaining co-defendant’s case is still pending. Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Gina Knight thanked the jury for their attentiveness and hard work during the two long days of trial.


Scott Ellington said, “I would also like to thank the jury for giving their time and energy these past two days. I want to thank Ms. Knight and Eric Ferrell with the Blytheville Police Department. Their unwavering diligence and thorough investigation made this conviction possible.”