Randy Jackson, 27, who has six prior felony convictions, was sentenced to 11 years in prison with no parole for aggravated robbery and nine years in prison for attempted aggravated robbery.
Criminal Court Judge Chris Craft called Jackson a professional criminal who was expelled from school and who has never had a job.
Jackson was convicted in January of robbing a man and woman at gunpoint on July 23, 2012, outside an apartment on Ridge Oak Place near Kirby Parkway and Poplar.
The couple said Jackson and another man ordered them to the ground, stole the woman’s purse and went through the man’s pockets.
When the robbers left in a red Pontiac Grand Prix, the victims got in a car and followed them to a parking lot at Poplar and Erin Drive in East Memphis and called police.
Memphis Police officers arrested a man in the driver’s seat of the Grand Prix, though a man in the passenger’s seat – identified as Jackson – jumped out and fled. He was arrested the next day hiding in an attic at a residence.
The driver, Tommy Bridges, 36, pleaded guilty in December to aggravated robbery and attempted aggravated robbery and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
The cases were handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Chris Lareau of the D.A.'s Special Prosecution Unit and Asst. Dist. Atty. Shaun Schielke.
ADA Lareau is assigned to Criminal Court Division VIII, one of two courts where the DA’s Special Prosecution Unit (SPU) prosecutes repeat felony offenders. The SPU seeks the maximum sentence allowed by law.