Gunman sentenced to up to 30 years after McDonald’s robbery

By: Sherri Kolade | Farmington Press | Published January 9, 2018

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FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — A 25-year-old Detroit man was arrested Nov. 11 for the Nov. 7 robbery of the McDonald’s restaurant at 24020 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington Hills Police Department Lt. Paul Nicholas confirmed in an email statement.

Marqon Deandre Perry pleaded guilty in Oakland County Circuit Court, where he was sentenced Dec. 21 to 51 months to 30 years in prison by Judge Phyllis McMillen for armed robbery.  

The Farmington Department of Public Safety assisted the Farmington Hills Police Department in responding to the armed robbery at the McDonald’s at around 11:40 p.m. Nov. 7.

Perry reportedly climbed through the open drive-thru window and brandished a gun, forcing employees to place cash in a bag, according to a November police report. Perry then left the restaurant through the rear door on foot. His jacket and sweatpants were recovered by a Farmington officer south of the restaurant.

Nicholas said that the case is not over yet.

“The case remains open while investigators determine if anyone else was involved in the robbery,” he said via email.

Perry’s Southfield-based attorney, Jeffrey Hall, said that he was floored by a statement that Perry wrote to the court about the reason behind the incident. 

“Basically, he said that … he was trying to provide diapers for his children, take care of his children,” Hall said in a phone interview. 

Hall added that he was a prosecutor for 22 years, and yet he said, “(I) kind of like the guy.”

Hall said he has two perspectives — as a former prosecutor and as a defense attorney — and in this case, the conviction was apt because Perry admitted to his involvement.

“He indicated the reason he did it is he has children and he needed to provide for them, as opposed to being a drug addict or just randomly committing crimes,” Hall said. “You shouldn’t be committing crimes no matter what, but at least the reason was better than” other possible reasons, he said.

Hall said that Perry was given over 50 days credit of prison time from the time he was sentenced.

An Oakland County Circuit Court official confirmed that Perry was found guilty last year of a separate crime, and that sentence of 180 days in jail is to run concurrent with his December sentencing.

In the earlier case, he was found guilty of larceny from a motor vehicle; fleeing and eluding, third degree; and assaulting and resisting an officer.

Anyone who has any information regarding this case can call the Farmington Hills Police Department at (248) 871-2610.