Two Sheridan Men Arraigned In District Court On Aggravated Robbery Charges

20-year-old Gerald Hamlin and 17-year-old Dillion Sutherlin were arraigned in 4th Judicial District Court Tuesday on charges of aggravated robbery. Sutherlin is also being charged with Accessory Before the Fact. The charges stem from an alleged incident on the night of January 30th, 2010, where Sutherlin, Hamlin and John "JJ" Hatch were involved in the robbery and beating of David Simmons at gunpoint at his Sheridan home.

Charging documents state that Hamlin entered Simmons' garage armed with a loaded 9mm assault rifle and began to beat Simmons with the rifle before taking a large bag of marijuana from Simmons' home, after which the three individuals fled the scene.

Both Hamlin and Sutherlin plead not guilty before 4th Judicial District Court Judge John Fenn, who set a trial date of August 11th and 12th for both of the suspects. Judge Fenn ordered continuance of Hamlin's bond in the amount of $75,000 cash only. Sutherlin's cash only bond was also continued in the amount of $25,000.

Aggravated Robbery is a felony that carries with it a mandatory minimum prison sentence of no less than 5 years and no more than 25 years, and a fine of not more than $10,000, or both. Accessory Before the Fact is a felony that is also punishable by imprisonment of not less than five years and no more than 25 years, and a fine of $10,000, or both.

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Drugs and crime

It seems that when you have a drug problem you have crime; where you have crime you have drugs. Lock them all up together, one cell, the survivor gets life.

Yeah, the article brought a

Yeah, the article brought a few questions to my mind too!

Your Questions

Covering the courts really doesn't allow a reporter the opportunity to stop the court proceedings and ask questions that may arise about a certain case. The reason for being at this individuals residence was stated in an earlier story about this case on the radio and on our website. An arraignment isn't a rehash of the events, it is simply a hearing for the defendant to plead guilty or not guilty. After which the Judge sets a trial date. If every criminal had a reasonable explanation for the who, what and why they committed the crime, then there would be no need for an investigation, court hearings, trials etc.... Asking why these individuals did what they did is comparative to asking why is water wet?

seriously

Anyone else notice why these two were at this man's house? To pick up a large bag of marijuana? Seriously? Is this guy in trouble too, or just really really dumb?

I believe they had bought

I believe they had bought some dope from him and he had ripped them off. They were angry and went to retaliate! Did anyone see if Simmons got charged w/ distribution? I laugh that he called it in!! Idiots one and all! Yes, it's true, drugs make you smarter!