Willie Jamel "Nuke" Thompson, 21, of the Yerkwood community near Dora, was indicted Friday afternoon by a Walker County Grand Jury for robbery in the first-degree for his connection in the April 25 robbery that occurred at Stop-N-Shop Flowers in Quinton, where an 80-year-old female was reportedly robbed and brutally assaulted.
Walker County District Attorney Bill Adair said the case will now proceed to trial, and Thompson, if convicted, could face a sentence of up to life in prison.
“This case revolves around the excellent law enforcement work done by Sgt. Ralph Williams, an investigator with the Walker County Sheriff’s Office,” Adair said. “And we believe it’s going to lead to a quick resolution of the case with a successful prosecution.”
Walker County Sheriff John Mark Tirey said during the investigation his office learned Thompson had only been released from the Alabama Department of Correction less than two weeks before this crime was committed.
“He had been in prison for another armed robbery,” Tirey said. “Ralph did a really good job on this case, working diligently to collect evidence which not only identified Thompson as a suspect, but also led to his arrest. I’m thankful we’re able to get him off the street, because he is apparently a very dangerous person.”
Although Adair couldn’t comment on evidence in a pending case, he believes the evidence will indicate the case involved a very violent robbery, and it is one of the priorities of the Walker County District Attorney’s Office to push these type of cases through in an effort to get a quick resolution, while clearing as many back-logged cases as well.
“We’ve been averaging large sentences on robberies of convenience stores and small businesses in Walker County,” Adair said. “The minimum sentence on other cases similar to this has been around 25 years.”