North Little Rock man sentenced to 60 years

A North Little Rock man was sentenced to 60 years in prison for robbing the Mobil on the Run gas station on Skyline Drive in Conway.

John Rockins, 53, was arrested March 17 after public tips led Conway police to identify him as the suspect in the March 7 robbery of the Mobil on the Run gas station, located at 875 Skyline Drive.

Senior Trial Attorney Carol Crews said that because Rockins has a previous aggravated robbery conviction under his belt, the punishment range increased from 10-40 years or life to 40-80 years without parole. He his also labeled as a habitual offender, with 11 prior felonies.

A jury found Rockins guilty of aggravated robbery and theft of property after deliberating for about an hour. The jury deliberated for another 45 minutes before sentencing him to 60 years in prison.

Crews said Rockins was released from prison in November 2015 and committed five aggravated assaults within four months of his release.

“This is someone who has demonstrated time and time again that he will not stop robbing people,” she said.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Rockins told the Mobil on the Run cashier, “This is a [expletive] robbery, give me all the money.”

After she gave him the money from the register, Rockins reportedly ran from the scene.

Police got surveillance footage from the gas station and the Burger King across the street, according to the affidavit.

Burger King’s surveillance footage showed Rockins walking toward Exxon from the south Burger King parking lot and flee the Exxon area shortly after.

Further into their investigation, Conway Police Department investigators found the truck matching the one shown in Burger King’s surveillance footage with the same type of shoes seen in Exxon’s footage at Rockins’ listed workplace.

Investigators checked the Hines Detail Shop in North Little Rock to see if Rockins was there while they were headed to speak with his parole officers.

Crews said the jury made it clear Rockins was not someone they wanted walking the streets.

Rockins currently has three pending aggravated robbery cases, two out of Faulkner County and one out of Pulaski County.


(Staff writer Marisa Hicks can be reached by email at marisa.hicks@thecabin.net or by phone at 505-1277. To comment on this and other stories in the Log Cabin, log on to www.thecabin.net. Send us your news at www.thecabin.net/submit)


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