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.