Feral Black Male Carjacks Pizza Delivery Drivers, Sentenced to 57 Years
Jul 28, 2009 WATE in Knoxville reported:
Pizza delivery driver carjacked in Knoxville. A pizza delivery driver was carjacked just before 10:30 Tuesday night. It happened on Hayden Drive, off Gleason Drive in West Knoxville. The victim says two black males pointed a gun at her and drove off in a 2001 maroon Mercury Cougar. The car had a Papa John's Pizza sign on its top. The victim wasn't harmed.
November 15, 2011 the US Dept. of Justice reports:
In a four-day trial in U.S. District Court in Knoxville, a jury convicted Rodney Mack, Jr., 22, of Knoxville of the armed robbery and carjacking of three pizza delivery persons in 2009. The victims in the three separate incidents were two employees of Domino's and one employee of Papa John's.
Mack, having been convicted of three counts of brandishing a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, faces a potential life sentence when he is sentenced early next year. At a minimum, the Court must sentence Mack to at least 57 years in prison. There is no parole in the federal system.
The evidence at trial showed that Mack and an accomplice called in pizza orders for delivery to vacant houses, pulled a gun on the drivers upon their arrival, and then took the drivers' pizzas, cash, cell phones and vehicles at gunpoint. The robberies and carjackings took place on July 23, July 28 and July 30, 2009.
Following the last incident in the very early morning hours of July 30, investigators from these agencies quickly identified Mack as one of the assailants and arrested him later that day. He was found to be in possession of the cell phones belonging to two of the victims, and was actually talking on one of them when he was arrested. Two of the three victims positively identified Mack as one of the robbers.
Mack testified on his own behalf at trial, and said that he bought the cell phones on the street from a "junkie" on the day of his arrest. He denied having committed any of the charged crimes, and presented two alibi witnesses, his mother and best friend, to attest to his whereabouts elsewhere at the time of each crime.
However, as pointed out by an Assistant U.S. Attorney on cross examination, the call records contained in one of the cell phones demonstrated the impossibility of Mack's story regarding how and when he claimed to have purchased the cell phones. Mack had no explanation for the discrepancy. The jury deliberated for only one hour before rejecting that defense and convicting him as charged.
Added October 2011