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Prison Releasee Reoffender Sentenced to Life in Prison for Armed Robbery

Prison Releasee Reoffender Sentenced to Life in Prison for Armed Robbery

Joseph Andrew Crenshaw, 37, was found guilty at trial of armed robbery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, both while wearing a mask. Crenshaw qualified as a prison releasee re-offender and was sentenced to life in prison.

In June 2018, Crenshaw entered the Lucky Panda internet café in Summerfield wearing a wolf mask and holding a firearm. He demanded money from the register, then fled on foot. Crenshaw was detained the same day by Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputies. Crenshaw’s co-defendant, Dennis Wayne Waters, testified against Crenshaw at trial.  

Crenshaw was found guilty by a six-member jury of robbery with a firearm while wearing a mask and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon while wearing a mask. The prosecution proved Crenshaw qualifies as a prison releasee reoffender which required the judge to sentence him to a mandatory life sentence.

Assistant State Attorney Marissa Meyer prosecuted the case.


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