Stayed Sentences in Separate Robbery Cases in Ramsey County

Judges in Ramsey County handed down stayed sentences twice this week for suspects in two separate robbery of business cases.

Eli Sebastian Hill, Source_ Ramsey County Sheriff

Judges in Ramsey County handed down stayed sentences twice this week for suspects in two separate robbery of business cases.

Eli Sebastian Hill, 46, reportedly stole over $10,000 in at least four incidents at three banks in March and April where he handed notes to tellers and demanded money while wearing a ski mask, sunglasses and gloves. 

Hill was charged with four counts of felony theft, not robbery, in the incidents, apparently because no “threats” were made or weapons used, according to the report.

At Hill’s sentencing on Tuesday, Judge George Stephenson dismissed two of the felony counts and Hill received a stay-of-imposition (no felony sentence imposed) on the remaining two counts. Hill was given credit for 32 days spent in jail and was placed on probation for three years.

At the time of sentencing, Hill was still on probation from a 2018 felony conviction on theft by swindle for embezzling more than $150,000 from his former employer, HealthEast, the report said. Hill also received a stay-of-imposition in that case by Ramsey County Judge Stephen L. Smith, and three of the four felony counts of theft-by-swindle were dismissed at sentencing. Hill was ordered to serve one day in jail and was given credit for one day already served and was released on probation for a term of ten years in the case.

Quincy Gerrard Petty

(Quincy Gerrard Petty)

In another case this week, Quincy Gerrard Petty was convicted of robbing a Dollar Tree store in Roseville on Christmas Eve, according to a report.

Petty was reportedly wearing a Bob Marley hat and a mask that he forgot to pull down over his face during the robbery when he demanded money from an employee at a register and reached under his sweatshirt near his waistband and yelled, “If you put your hands down, ya’ll done,” the report said.

Petty and an unnamed accomplice absconded with about $2,000 after store managers emptied a safe.

A store employee recognized Petty as the boyfriend of another employee, and police eventually caught up with him and arrested him outside his girlfriend’s residence, still wearing the Bob Marley hat.

Petty was charged with felony counts of second-degree aggravated robbery and simple robbery. Petty pleaded guilty to only the simple robbery charge and the other charge of aggravated robbery was dismissed at sentencing on Wednesday by Judge Sara Grewing. Petty also received a stay-of-imposition on his felony sentence and was given credit for four days spent in jail and released on probation for a term of three years.

The Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Grid allows for stayed sentences on a wide range of crimes and is used in combination with the Criminal History Score calculator to determine sentencing. Offenders with lower criminal history scores – meaning a low or zero number of prior felony convictions – may fall within the parameters to receive “presumptive stayed sentences” even with up to several prior felony convictions.

The Sentencing Guidelines are established by the Sentencing Guidelines Commission, a mostly unelected body of persons consisting of justices and judges as well as governor-appointed representatives including a public defender, a county attorney, the commissioner of corrections, a peace officer, a probation or parole officer and three members of the public.

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