Three Joe’s Crab Shack robbery defendants return to court for sentencing

JONESBORO — Three defendants in the June 2012 armed robbery of Joe’s Crab Shack are expected back in court Friday.

Clayton County Assistant District Attorney Travis Meyer said the trio was part of a seven-person crew that robbed the popular Morrow restaurant and held seven employees at gunpoint.

They expected to net about $70,000. They left with about $1,500 and a few cell phones — to be divided among seven.

“They didn’t get anywhere near the cash cow they expected,” said Meyer after the other four went to trial two weeks ago.

Brittany Darcia Patterson, 22, of Decatur, Jazmine Latisha Washington, 23, of Lithonia and Ahkeem Rashiid Simmons, 24, of Atlanta turned state’s evidence and testified against the other four.

Meyer said Patterson and Washington acted as lookouts from the nearby AMC parking lot and Simmons was recruited as the driver.

Meyer said his office is still working on a resolution to their charges but they are expected to plead guilty and be sentenced Friday by Clayton County Superior Court Chief Judge Deborah Benefield.

The other four defendants went on trial Oct. 14. Shakrystin Brinae Brown, 22, of Jonesboro, worked as a hostess at the Morrow restaurant and faked being a victim during the robbery. Meyer said Brown planned the robbery with her relatives, Patterson and Dantarrel Deandre Ray, 26, of Atlanta.

Brown, Ray, Jonathan Keith Hammonds, 24, of Ellenwood and Alex Donavan Randell, 21, of Decatur went on trial Oct. 14 but Hammonds took a plea deal Oct. 18 before the trial ended, said Meyer.

Hammonds pleaded guilty to one count of armed robbery and seven of aggravated assault. Benefield sentenced him to 50 years, to serve 30 in prison.

Meyer said Hammonds could have gotten multiple life sentences. When the jury returned with a verdict Oct. 21, Brown, Ray and Randell were found guilty of 12 counts of aggravated assault, seven counts each of armed robbery, false imprisonment, pointing a pistol at another and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and one count of felony theft by taking.

Brown, Ray and Randell are expected to be sentenced Nov. 15.

“They could each get seven life sentences plus about 300 years in prison,” said Meyer last week.