DOUGLAS COUNTY - A man has been sentenced to 96 years in prison for his part in a robbery ring where the perpetrators used sledgehammers to break several display cases at a Park Meadows jewelry store, taking numerous Rolex watches.
A jury found 28-year-old Detroit man Marquis DeShawn McDonald guilty of racketeering under the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act, theft, conspiracy to commit theft, criminal mischief and aggravated motor vehicle theft back in January.
Prosecutors say McDonald and his three accomplices came all the way from Michigan to steal from the Ben Bridge store. They were all part of a robbery ring – and McDonald was believed to be the ringleader.
McDonald and his two accomplices first went to Park Meadows at 7 p.m. on Aug. 20, 2015. The two other perpetrators used sledgehammers to destroy a watch case, stealing or damaging 14 Rolex watches worth more than $284,000.
Police say they the men ran out of the store, but the stolen getaway car wasn’t where it was supposed to be.
Witnesses led police to all four fleeing men, and they were later arrested.
The other accomplices have all already pleaded guilty and been sentenced.
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