Driver in armed robberies pleads guilty
by James Phillips
Apr 16, 2011 | 5806 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Michael Adam Stimpson
Michael Adam Stimpson
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An Oakman man pleaded guilty Friday to participating in seven different armed robberies and was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the crimes.

Michael Adam Stimpson, 25, admitted to being the getaway driver in seven of 10 armed robberies that occurred between Dec. 28 and Jan. 14 and spread across several areas of Walker County.

Stimpson drove a gold Toyota Camry owned by his grandparents during the robberies, Walker County District Attorney Bill Adair said.

“He never went into the businesses,” Adair said. “His job was to be the getaway driver, and that role has now landed him in prison.”

Stimpson is the second of three identified suspects to be sentenced in connection to the rash of robberies. Justin Taylor, the gunman in each of the 10 holdups, was sentenced last week to 25 years in prison. Adair said he expected a third suspect, Paul Matthew Tingle, to enter a guilty plea in the near future. A fourth suspect in the robberies is still being sought by police, but law enforcement officials have not released that person’s name.

“We are really lucky that somebody didn’t die during these extremely violent robberies,” Adair said.

Stimpson also pled guilty Friday to an unrelated charge of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance and received an added 10-year sentence, which he will serve concurrently. Adair said that charge was the result of Stimpson selling crack cocaine to undercover narcotics officers.

Adair said he had a chance to speak to Stimpson’s mother, who was in the courtroom Friday.

“She was emotional, but said her son was a good child who got into drugs and started hanging out with the wrong people,” Adair said. “She hoped he would come out of this a changed person, and we hope that as well.”

Walker County Circuit Judge Jerry Selman informed Stimpson that as a part of his plea deal he will be expected to testify truthfully in any and all trials that may be held in the future regarding the holdups.