Sunday, December 04, 2016

Man Gets 15 Years For Convenience Store Robbery, Was Suspected In 8 Other Hold-Ups

A man who may have been involved in the armed robberies of nine convenience stores last year has pleaded guilty to one hold-up in exchange for a stiff 15-year sentence.
Thomas (left) and Branch | Ill Dept of Corrections, Chicago Police Dept

Prosecutors said 25-year-old Mitchell Thomas and 24-year-old Jamie Branch were arrested after they robbed a West Town 7-Eleven store at 3 a.m. on March 27, 2015.

Cops said Thomas pistol-whipped an employee at the store and then fled from police who happened upon the scene while the robbery was underway.

Branch pleaded guilty earlier this year in exchange for a 7-year sentence.

Two other suspects who fled from Branch's vehicle when it crashed during a police pursuit were never found.

The couple was suspected of carrying out at least eight other armed robberies of convenience stores during a 2-week spree in 2015, including several in our neighborhood:

• 7-Eleven, Broadway & Waveland, at 3:45AM on Wednesday, March 11
• 7-Eleven, Clark & Southport, at 3:30AM on Friday, March 20
• 7-Eleven, Clark & Southport, at 8:17AM on Sunday, March 22 (2nd robbery at this store)
• 7-Eleven, 2710 Lincoln, at 2:15AM on Wednesday, March 25
• 7-Eleven, 1349 Fullerton, at 2:23AM on Wednesday, March 25
• Circle K/Shell, Diversey & Racine, 2:23AM on March 27
• 7-Eleven, 2600 Lincoln, 2:30AM on March 27
• 7-Eleven, Halsted & Grand, on Friday, March 20 (They would be arrested after robbing this store again on March 27, police said.)

Under Illinois' standard 50-percent reduction in sentencing, Mitchell will be paroled on September 16, 2022, and Branch will be let loose on August 8, 2018.
Email us. Facebook us. Twitter us.


  1. This 50 per cent reduction in sentencing rule is ridiculous!!

  2. WTF??! "Under Illinois' standard 50-percent reduction in sentencing..."

    That right there may be a huge part of the problem.

  3. Who requests the white cinder block background for their glamour shots? It's so popular on CWB but I don't get it.

    1. If it were drywall or plaster they'd carve their name in it or eat it.

  4. So essentially he gets 9 months for each ARMED ROBBERY.

    She gets one month for each one!

    Foxx, any thoughts? Wait, what's that you say...that's TOO MUCH time for the offenders???

    Nothing will change in Chicago. Nothing. In fact things are going to continue to deteriorate. This is our death by a thousand cuts.

  5. I hate this garbage. Allow him to plead guilty to one charge instead of getting convictions on all of them. Not only that, but allow him to plead guilty to ONE HOLD-UP and ignore the assault with a deadly weapon. And now he will be back on the streets victimizing people less than 7 years from now. Once again our legal system has failed to protect society.

  6. Standard 50-percent reduction in sentencing. Now that's how you help keep the jails empty! Fuck you Illinois.

  7. If they were changed and sentenced for the crimes they actually commit instead of only a single crime, then maybe the they wouldn't commit so many crimes at one time.

  8. I am friends with one of the individuals that worked at one of the 7-11. He was not the person who was pistol whipped but he was manhandled a great deal. These robberies seemed to go beyond just the money, there seemed to be a sadistic pleasure in tormenting the workers at the stores. I have no doubt that if they had continued, someone would have been killed during their crime spree.

    While I'm glad he got 15 years, I am upset that a plea deal was given to individuals who were unwilling to cooperate and name the other offenders. There seemed to be a lot of evidence against them and if this had gone to court, a strong chance they both would have spent most of their adult life behind bars. If they aren't willing to cooperate, pull the deal and let them take their chances at trial.

  9. I'm starting to think that maybe the judges are giving light sentences to insure job security. What will they do if All the criminals are locked up?

  10. Slap on wrist, he'll be out in 6 months and we'll be reading about him again