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On September 9, 2021, at the Calendar Call for jury trials scheduled before Judge Bill Hamrick for the week of
September 27, 2021, Jeffery Fitzgerald Clemons, 57, pleaded guilty to two counts of Armed Robbery, two counts of
Possession of a Firearm During Commission of a Felony, and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. In
accordance with a negotiated plea agreement, Coweta Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Bill Hamrick sentenced
Clemons to 30 years, with the first 15 years to be served in prison. As a result of the Armed Robbery charge,
Clemons will not be eligible for parole until he has served the first 10 years of his sentence.
Assistant District Attorney Lara Myers prosecuted the case. Sgt. Shane Spradlin of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office
was the lead investigator.
The charges arose from an incident which occurred on September 3, 2019, when deputies were dispatched to the
Raceway gas station on Old Airport Road in reference to a robbery which had already occurred. Once on scene
deputies made contact with two female clerks who advised that an older male had come into the gas station,
produced a handgun, and demanded the cash from their registers. The male then ordered them to another area in
the Raceway and left the scene. Investigators were able to identify the vehicle that dropped the male off, and were
able to identify the gunman as, Jeffery Fitzgerald Clemons, based on store surveillance video. Investigators were
also able to identify the driver, and on September 6, 2019, the suspect vehicle was stopped while being driven by
the same driver and while Jeffery Clemons was again riding in the passenger seat. Inside the vehicle, officers
located two black face masks and a handgun, which matched the description given by the store clerks. In an
interview with law enforcement, Clemons admitted his involvement. The driver was killed in an unrelated incident
in June 2021.
I commend the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office for their quick response to these victims and their great effort to hold
these armed robbers accountable. The victims in this case were traumatized with the threat of being shot while
they were simply trying to make a living. In contrast, these defendants chose to victimize the innocent rather than
get a job. For choosing violence and crime over being a hardworking responsible citizen, it is appropriate that
Defendant Clemons be removed from our community for the next fifteen years.
JOHN HERBERT CRANFORD, JR.
COWETA JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
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