Jones, Clint Jones and Kenneth Haley were gassing up at a Trex Mart
Convenience Store in Dearborn. Goodwin went inside the store to do the old pretend-to-pay-for-gas-but-rob the-store-at-gunpoint move. Goodwin took money from the cash register and ordered the clerk to open the safe. He also took the clerk's cell phone and the gas station's cordless phone. Nothing like planning ahead.
Somehow, the clerk was able to alert the Platte County Sheriff's
Department, whose deputies chased down Wright, Goodwin and friends. Wright and Jones tried to hide the stolen money in their bras. They failed.
"Even after the defendant was caught red-handed after a
high-speed chase with stolen money literally stuffed into her
undergarments, she still refused to take any responsibility," Platte
County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd said in a statement. "Fortunately, a
Platte County jury held her responsible, and she will
spend the better part of decade in prison to pay for her crimes."
Wright was found guilty in November 2010 of first-degree robbery and armed criminal action. She was sentenced last week to 10 years in prison. Wright will have to serve 85 percent of her sentence before becoming eligible for parole.
"This defendant and her
cohorts originally planned to rob a drug house in Jackson County," Zahnd
said of Wright. "Once
they determined it would be too dangerous to rob drug dealers, they came
to Platte County looking for a softer target. This sentence sends a
clear message that Platte County is not an easy target for those who
would commit violent crimes."
As for her cohorts: Goodwin was found to be incompetent to stand trial; Trenae Jones received a three-year sentence; Clint Jones was
sentenced to eight years in prison; Haley received a two-year prison