Sylvester Riles, Jr. was found guilty last Thursday of armed robbery with a firearm of the Whitfield Recycling business in 2012. The business is located on U.S. 90 west of Quincy.
Circuit Court Judge Jon Sjostrom sentenced Riles last Friday morning to life in prison after assistant state attorney James Beville provide documentation that Riles had been out of prison less that three years.
Riles was sentenced under the Prison Releasee Reoffender (PRR) statute. The PRR refers to a person who has been released from a correctional facility within the past three years and the current charge is an enumerated felony.
It was noted during the sentencing hearing that Riles had a number of past convictions.
According to a police report, at the time of Riles’ capture he had moved the outside cameras of the business, hidden in a portable outside restroom outside and waited for the clerk to open the business.
Once the clerk unlocked the door, the suspect entered behind her, holding her at gunpoint and demanding money.
The clerk told the suspect that there was no money in the office as she pleaded for her life.
The clerk found a money bag in the office that contained $29 in rolled coins and gave it to the suspect, who was demanding cash.
The suspect eventually fled the area on foot. He was later located at the Gadsden County courthouse where he was attending traffic court.
Riles was found with $29 in cash money at the time of his arrest.
In addition to the life sentence, Riles pled no contest to five charges including possession of a controlled substance, possession of more that 20 grams of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm by a felon and battery of an inmate while awaiting trial in jail.
For those charges Riles received 73 months in prison to run concurrent with the life sentence. He was given credit for time served in jail.
Riles stated during the trial that he would appeal the life sentence. The other charges were part of a plea bargain and cannot be appealed.