|Updated: 11/09/2013 9:08 am
||Published: 11/08/2013 11:40 pm
FOX23 first told you back in 2011 that Darius Gant was arrested for an armed robbery at the Moody's jewelry store near 71st and Lewis.
Wallets, cash and jewelry were all taken during broad daylight from the Moody's jewelry store. No one was killed or even seriously injured, so we wondered why this was a high-profile case. It's because the robbers didn't stop at Moody's that day. They continued their crime spree on foot. Once the robbers left the jewelry store, they ran down the street to Arby's and carjacked a woman sitting in the drive-thru. I tracked down that woman and while she didn't want to go on camera, she did tell me she'd like to forget that day ever happened. Unfortunately for her, the day can't be erased.
FOX23 spoke with Tulsa County Assistant District Attorney John Salmon.
Salmon tells us, "This was a very dangerous situation for the victims to be in and it was important for the state of Oklahoma to hold them accountable for their actions."
It's taken two and a half years, but one man is now convicted of robbery and possibly facing up to 85 years in prison.
"Based upon the violent nature of this case, this was traumatizing for the victims."
FOX23 started investigating why the case took so long. We dug into the court documents and found out there are more pages then a typical court case. The lengthy documentation is the only one reason the district attorney's office gives me for the lengthy case.
Salmon tells FOX23 a lot of people lost interest in this case because it took so long for it to come to completion.
"There was a lot of trial settings the case was passed. There were some changes of attorneys on both sides, both from the district attorney's office and the public defender's office."
On top of that, I learned the state alone called 23 witnesses to the stand this week; that in itself presented a problem.
"There's a limited amount of court time that can be devoted to a jury trial. Just finding a place where it fit on the judges' calendars and getting everybody's schedule synched up," Salmon said.
Everyone was pleased when the trial finally happened. Gant was convicted on four counts of robbery, one with a firearm, and now could spend the next 85 years locked away. Gant's formal sentencing is set for Nov. 18.
As far as the others involved in the robbery and carjacking, one of the robbers pleaded guilty and is serving a 15-year sentence while the other man and the driver of the getaway car are still on the loose.