A jury sentenced a Conway man on Friday to three life sentences, plus 90 years after finding him guilty of three counts of aggravated robbery and theft of property.
Prosecutors say jurors returned the sentence on Rolandis Chatmon, 24, after four minutes of deliberation. Chatmon attempted to flee after asking bailiffs if he could use the restroom, according to prosecutors.
Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Troy Braswell, who assisted fellow Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Charles Finkenbinder on the case, says Chatmon ran a few blocks toward Robinson Street before he was taken back into custody, at gunpoint, by bailiffs.
Chatmon was found guilty of the charges stemming from a robbery that occurred May 15, 2012, in Nichole’s Place subdivision in east Conway.
Chatmon received life sentences on all three counts of aggravated robbery, court documents show. Prosecutors say Faulkner County Circuit Judge Mike Maggio ruled for the life sentences to run consecutively.
Chatmon was also sentenced to 30 years, the maximum sentence, on a theft of property charge. Prosecutors say the defendant received a maximum sentence of 15 years for a firearm enhancement on each charge, totaling an additional 60 years in prison.
Court documents show Chatmon is scheduled for trial Sept. 10 in a separate matter for which he faces two counts of aggravated robbery, one count of aggravated residential burglary and one count of rape, along with a theft of property charge.
The separate incident is said to have occurred just 12 days prior to the robbery Chatmon was convicted of Friday, court documents show.
“We’re happy that Rolandis Chatmon’s days of aggravated robbery and rape are done,” Braswell said. “Our streets are safer because of the efforts of the Conway Police Department, and specifically detectives Sarah Ault and David Short.”
Prosecuting Attorney Cody Hiland said Chatmon’s conviction is an example of the system working.
“The Conway Police Department did great work, and the prosecutor’s office was able to present a solid case,” he said. “We’re also blessed to have jurors in Faulkner County who have said these actions will not be tolerated.”
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