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Concord bank robber sentenced to life

On Sept. 20, a Pike County jury returned a guilty verdict in the State of Georgia v. Howatdrick Jamal Jones case. Jones, a 31-year-old man from Woodbury, was convicted of armed robbery.

The jury deliberated for just under 15 minutes. The case was tried by Senior Assistant District Attorney Michael Rogers, and the lead investigator was Leon Alpough from the Pike County Sheriff’s Office. Jones was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole.

Around 5 p.m. on Sept. 18, 2020, Howatdrick Jamal Jones entered the First Bank of Pike in Concord, wearing a red baseball cap, red shoes, a surgical mask and gloves. He approached the teller and handed her a note that read, “Give me the money before I shoot!!!!”

The terrified victim complied with his demand as she believed her life was in imminent danger. Jones left the bank on foot with approximately $4,100. Jones’s latent prints left on the bank note were the key piece of evidence that led to his ultimate conviction.

Jones is also implicated in a bank robbery in Meriwether County. The FBI investigated that case, and the charges are pending in federal court. Two FBI Agents did testify at the trial.

“I am so thankful to Michael, my Pike County office, the Pike County Sheriff’s Office, the witnesses who testified and all involved in this case,” said District Attorney Broder. “The jury’s verdict sends a resounding message to those who want to enter Pike County to commit crime. Stay out.”

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