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$89 Gramercy robbery score lands man in jail for four decades

CONVENT — A BB gun, unreliable accomplice and meager $89 score added up to four decades in prison for one local robber.

Judge Jessie LeBlanc sentenced 32-year-old Maurice Honor of Paradis Tuesday (Oct. 9) to a maximum sentence 40 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections without the benefit of parole.

Public Information Officer Tyler Cavalier of 23rd Judicial District Attorney Ricky L. Babin’s office said a St. James Parish jury found Honor guilty of first degree robbery on May 17, adding sentencing was deferred to this week after LeBlanc ordered a pre-sentence investigation. The D.A.’s Office also filed a multiple offender bill on Honor who has prior felony convictions.

Prosecutors said the St. James Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to Gramercy’s Big River convenience store Jan. 17, 2016, where the store manager told detectives she was robbed at gunpoint immediately after a female made entry, used the restroom and exited.

Almost immediately after the female exited, a male gunman with what appeared to be a real handgun wearing a black hoodie and mask entered, grabbed the manager, led her to the cash register and demanded the money. The armed suspect then fled with approximately $89, Cavalier said.

While canvassing the area, detectives located a mask and gun under the corner of a house a short distance away along the path the suspect fled. Detectives were able to identify the gun and mask as those used during the robbery. The gun was subsequently identified as a BB gun. Detectives also located a short distance away the female who exited the store just prior to the armed man entering and identified her as 41-year-old Renee Shrake of St. Charles Parish.

Detectives learned Shrake drove Honor to the store and made entry to look around before Honor made entry to commit the robbery.

Shrake, who was supposed to drive Honor away from the scene, left the area when she saw a sheriff’s deputy nearby. Honor and Shrake were booked into the St. James Parish jail.

Authorities said the BB gun and mask were submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for DNA analysis, and test results showed Honor’s DNA on the BB gun and mask.

Shrake, who testified against Honor during trial, previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit first degree robbery and was sentenced to a suspended four years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served and placed on three years supervised probation.

Assistant District Attorney Adam Koenig prosecuted the case.