Jackson man receives 40 years for armed robbery
RIDGELAND — A Jackson man received 40 years in prison for the armed robbery of a hotel clerk here in May 2021, Madison County District Attorney Bubba Bramlett announced Tuesday.
The man, Noah Bradford, 24, was sentenced to serve 40 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, Bramlett said. Bradford was found guilty of one count of armed robbery on March 28.
Circuit Court Judge Steve Ratcliff held a sentencing hearing before handing down the sentence.
“Noah Bradford did the crime, law enforcement did their jobs, we did our job, and the jury did theirs,” Bramlett said. “Today, the judge did his job, and I couldn’t agree more. Forty years fits the crime really well. Since Bradford committed it, he gets to wear it.”
The sentence stems form an incident reported on May 28, 2021, when Bradford walked to the front desk of the Staybridge Suites wearing a hoody and mask, jumped behind the counter, and pulled a gun on the female clerk, Bramlett said.
“He demanded money and upon receiving the $250 from the register, he ran from the premises,’ Bramlett said.
Officers from the Ridgeland Police Department were able to obtain surveillance footage from both the Staybridge as well as surrounding businesses and develop a suspect vehicle, according to Bramlett. Working with other law enforcement agencies, these officers were eventually able to track that car back to Bradford. Upon execution of a search warrant on Bradford’s apartment, they found the clothing he had used in the robbery as well as the gun, which had been hidden in the tank of a toilet.
Bradford elected to go to trial on the charge. At the conclusion of the trial, jurors found him guilty after a short deliberation.
According to Bramlett, Bradford has also been accused of murder and several armed robberies in Hinds County. He was given non-adjudicated probation on a charge of accessory after the fact to armed robbery and was still on probation at the time of the Ridgeland robbery. He is also currently facing a kidnapping charge in Hinds County that is still pending.