U.S. Attorney Trent Shores said Richardson’s discharge of his gun during the armed robbery “earned him a direct ticket to the federal penitentiary.”
“However, Richardson’s remorse for his actions, as expressed by him at his sentencing hearing, did not go unnoticed and suggests that perhaps this violent criminal behavior was an aberration in an otherwise law-abiding life,” Shores said. “I certainly hope so.”
On June 4, 2020, Richardson entered the Dollar General store at the corner of Main and Bryan streets, locked the door, drew a handgun, and proceeded to rob not only the registers and safe in the store, but all the customers as well. According to the witness who called the police, Richardson pointed a gun at several customers and the clerk and then fired one round into the ceiling.
When Richardson exited the store, he was confronted by Creek County Sheriff’s Deputy Scott Ray, and complied when ordered to get down on the ground. Police found a loaded Ruger 9mm semi-automatic pistol in his front pocket.