Man sentenced to 96 years in prison for Park Meadows jewelry store robbery

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A Detroit man was sentenced to 96 years in prison for his role in a smash-and-grab at the Ben Bridge jewelry store at Park Meadows mall in August 2015.

On May 12, District Judge David Stevens sentenced Marquis DeShawn McDonald, 28, to concurrent sentences on five counts.

In January, a jury found McDonald guilty of racketeering under the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act, theft, conspiracy to commit theft, criminal mischief and aggravated motor vehicle theft.

"McDonald and his accomplices came all the way from Michigan to target that store," Deputy District Attorney Valerie Brewster, who prosecuted the case, said in an 18th Judicial District news release. "But that doesn't get in the way of seeking justice for the victims and making sure the community is safe. We did and will track them down."

On Aug. 20, 2015, McDonald and three accomplices entered the Park Meadows shopping center in Lone Tree to scope out the Ben Bridge jewelry store. The men had traveled from Detroit with others who were part of a robbery ring, the release states.

Two of the men entered the jewelry store about 7 p.m. with sledgehammers and destroyed a watch case, stealing or damaging 14 Rolex watches worth more than $284,000. The men ran out of the store, but a stolen getaway car was not where it was expected to be.

Witnesses led law enforcement to the fleeing men, all four of whom were caught near the mall shortly after the robbery.

The other three men have pleaded guilty to various charges and have already been sentenced.

"Criminals should not think they can come into this jurisdiction to commit crimes and get away with them," said District Attorney George Brauchler. "Out-of-state criminals who come here to commit their crimes will find themselves long-time residents of Colorado, just like this guy."

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