Deddrick Clay, 31, aka Deddrick Hughes, was convicted of especially aggravated robbery and will be sentenced next month by Criminal Court Judge Lee Coffee.
Witnesses said that on Oct. 31, 2014, Clay was holding a box of laundry detergent while inside the store in the 2900 block of Park Ave., when he suddenly ordered an assistant store manager to open a safe.
Clay had one hand in his pocket to suggest he was armed with a gun.
When the manager told an employee to call police, Clay began beating the manager in the face, causing facial fractures. Witnesses said Clay then jumped the counter and began slamming the cash registers on the counter until they opened.
He then grabbed cash from the registers and fled. Investigators were able to track down Clay as the robber after lifting his fingerprints from the detergent box he left behind.
The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Kevin McAlpin of the DA’s Special Prosecution Unit which seeks maximum punishment for repeat felony offenders.