by Lee Hogan
Posted 3/20/2014 02:31 pm
Updated 9 months ago
A Michigan man was sentenced Thursday to 327 months, or more than 27 years, in prison and ordered to pay more than $173,000 in restitution for the 2008 armed robbery of a Fayetteville jewelry store on Dickson Street.
U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge said the prison sentence for Jason Stallcup, 42, is in addition to a 15-year sentence he is currently serving on unrelated charges. Stallcup will not be eligible for parole, Eldridge said.
"The violent manner in which this defendant terrorized these three innocent victims is totally unconscionable," Eldridge said in a news release.
According to case documents, Stallcup entered Romance Diamond Company on Dec. 5, 2008, and posed as a shopper.
After about 10 minutes inside the store, Stallcup brandished a black .22 caliber firearm, and demanded diamonds and jewelry. Two female employees filled Stallcup's shopping bag with approximately $300,000 worth of jewelry, including diamonds, bracelets, earrings and watches, documents show.
Before fleeing, Stallcup restrained the hands and feet of the employees and another male shopper.
He was later arrested by Michigan authorities, who located a black .22 caliber firearm in Stallcup's vehicle, in addition to zip ties that matched those used in the robbery.
Stallcup pleaded guilty to robbery and use of a firearm during a crime of violence Oct. 7.
The case was investigated by the Fayetteville Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigations, and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. attorneys Dustin Roberts and David Harris. U.S. District Judge Timothy L. Brooks presided over Stallcup's sentencing.