Man gets 96 years for smash-and-grab at CO jewelry store

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. - A man from Detroit was sentenced to 96 years in prison in connect to a jewelry store robbery in Douglas County.

Marquis DeShawn McDonald, 28, is accused of being one of the four people involved in smashing a display case at the Ben Bridge jewelry store within the Park Meadows shopping center and stealing several Rolex watches. 

Our news partners at Denver7 reported that on March 12, Douglas District Judge David Stevens determined McDonald is a habitual criminal and sentenced him to concurrent sentences on five counts.  In January a jury found McDonald guilty of racketeering under the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act; theft; conspiracy to commit theft; criminal mischief; and aggravated motor vehicle theft.

“McDonald and his accomplices came all the way from Michigan to target that store,” said Deputy District Attorney Valerie Brewster, who prosecuted the case. “But that doesn’t get in the way of seeking justice for the victims and making sure the community is safe. We did and will track them down.”

On Aug. 20, 2015, McDonald and three other people apparently targeted that Lone Tree jewelry store and drove all the way from Detroit to make the smash and grab. 

The group entered Ben Bridge at around 7 p.m. and used sledgehammers to destroy the case. They stole several watches and damage around 14, costing the store around $284,000. 

Because the getaway car wasn't in the spot it was supposed to be, all four suspects including McDonald were arrested not long after the robbery. 

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