Dallas man gets 594 months for jewelry store robberies

A Dallas man was sentenced Friday to almost 50 years in federal prison for robbing several jewelry stores, including one at The Parks at Arlington mall.

Michael Demon Jackson, 37, pleaded guilty in November to one count of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery and two counts of using, carrying and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence.

His accomplice, Mark D. Whitfeld, 36, of Mesquite, pleaded guilty in September to the same conspiracy count and one firearm count. Whitfeld is scheduled to be sentenced June 5.

From Oct. 18, 2013, to May 22, 2014, the men stole more than $400,000 in jewelry from four stores in Dallas, Lewisville and Arlington, according to a news release from the U.S. attorney’s office. The Dallas store — Marquise Jewelers at Valley View Mall — was robbed twice.

The last robbery occurred on May 20, 2014, at Benson’s Jewelers at The Parks at Arlington mall, the release says.

In two of the robberies, Whitfield, pretending to be interested in buying jewelry, asked an employee to show him merchandise in the display cases. Jackson then brandished a gun and held it to the employee’s head, threatening to kill her.

In the other robberies, the men threatened violence with a firearm, the release says.

Deanna Boyd, 817-390-7655

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