Grandy's robbers' release blocked

By: Teddy Safo Email
By: Teddy Safo Email

ARDMORE, Okla. -- Two Ardmore men serving time for armed robbery in Carter County now face federal charges. Linda Muncrief was one of the five people who was bound with duct tape during the robbery.

Shortly afterwards Andron Thompson and Larry White were arrested by authorities, and even though they were set to be released from local custody, federal charges are now pending.

Despite the hold-up in their release, Muncrief still can’t get over that fateful night.

Linda Muncrief has been a Grandy’s employee for the past 12 years, but she will never forget what happened the night of June 29th when authorities say both 19-year-old Andron Thompson and Larry White robbed the restaurant.

"The girl had forgot to lock the drive through window. As soon as we closed, it was totally black out there. We did not know anyone was around. They just jumped in through the window with a gun and told us to hit the floor."

Police arrested both men shortly afterwards.

During their sentencing both Thompson and White entered a blind plea in which Judge Tom Walker gave both men 75 days in the county jail.

Now federal authorities are getting involved in what was originally a local case.

"The defendants are charged with interfering or attempting to interfere with commerce by robbery using a fire arm.”

Muncrief says to this day everyone she works with still talks about the robbery and Judge Walker’s controversial decision to sentence the two men to just more than two months in jail.

"Our stance is that the sentence that has previously been imposed is manifestly inadequate."

Even though both Thompson and White's release has been blocked by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Muncrief still cannot get over that terrifying night.

"I’m scared to back my car up the front door… scared to go from the door to the car. I thought I would get over it after a while but it doesn’t seem to get any easier."

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, both Thompson and White could face 20 years and a $250,000 fine.


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  • by trevon on Dec 17, 2007 at 01:32 AM
    As a player of the Evangel football team i would say that Andron Thompson is great athlete but an even better individual that made a decision that i know he is not proud and i think that he should a second chance at life. We all make mistakes and do things that we are not proud of sure there is no excuse for what he did but from the time that i spent with him at Evangel Universtiy their was a big change in Andron and if he got a chance to come back here i think he could become that person again that we grew to know and care for here at Evangel.I just want him to know that the Evangel football misses him and his passion for the game.
  • by Thumbelina Location: Anywhere on Nov 26, 2007 at 11:53 AM
    Anony: guess what? if you would read USA history, you would know the US Gov't bought the country of Liberia in Africa for all of the newly freed slaves to return to after the Civil War. The US furnished the funds for the country, the government and the military so all you people could go back safely. BUT your spokesman at the time , Frederick Douglas made the decision for you to stay here in America. So blame him. Otherwise, be thankful you are in the great US of A or you might be starving in Africa.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 13, 2007 at 04:10 AM
    what do u mean "these" black people? where are u going with that? and just because a man stood up and defended these two means hes black because they are? ur f'n stupid..and trying to make this racist..whites have been doin crimes to blacks since yall broght us over here, so lets not get on the crime subject.! they are good boys who made a mistake. and yea our justice sytem is biased. quick to lock up a black man for tha rest of his life. we all know if they were two white boys, this whole case wouldnt be gettin this much attention.but minorities always get it harder then white people. i hope they get Sharpton n Jesse jackson down here (most likely they will).cuz if u have a heart then u kno the time they are trying to give them aint right.they did their sentence.let em go.i hope they do get a big civil rights movement down here.this white on black crap needs to stop.hope yall approve my comment.never do once i mention "white people"
  • by Thumbelina Location: Ardmore on Nov 9, 2007 at 01:35 PM
    Judge Walker is loony. So is Lee Card. I agree with the other comments. We need judges here with commom sense. Was the coach that stood up for the boys black too? Where is Sharpton and Jackson when these black people rob and kill white people like the beautiful girl in SC shot in the back by 4 black robbers that were trying to take her purse?
  • by Anonymous on Nov 8, 2007 at 11:25 PM
    these guys are kids, they learn from their mistakes, and whose to say half the poeple in the sad town of ardmore wouldnt want to be feared for their lives.. its an easy way to get out of that town that poeple "love" so much!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 6, 2007 at 05:34 PM
    I have lived in Ardmore for over 25 years. In this period, our local judges have never drawn an opponent.
  • by billy Location: denison on Nov 6, 2007 at 04:00 PM
    they should go to jail for a long time and no sharpton and jackson should just stay at home they might get shot down in oklahoma holding kids at gun point is as bad as it gets
  • by Anonymous Location: Durant on Nov 6, 2007 at 09:16 AM
    If Carter County residents vote that Judge back into office, then nothing more needs to be said. Any more "injustice" would be on them to for voting for him to stay
  • by DESPISE RACISM FROM ANY ETHNIC ORIGIN on Nov 6, 2007 at 07:52 AM
    IT'S INTERESTING THAT YOU MENTION AL SHARPTON. HE AND JESSIE JACKSON ARE NOTHING MORE THAN RACIAL RACKATEERS WHO PROFIT FROM ADVERSITY. NOTICE THAT THEY REMAINED MUM WHEN FARRAKAN REFERRED TO JEWS AS BLOOD SUCKING LEACHES, WHEN JACKSON REFFERED TO CHICAGO AS A HYMIE TOWN, AND WHEN NAGIN REFERRED TO NEW ORLEANS AS THE CHOCOLATE CITY. THE LISTS GO ON AND ON. WONDER WHY THERE ARE NEVER PROTESTS ON THESE RACIAL INJUSTICES PERPETRATED BY MINORITIES?
  • by Mork Location: Ork on Nov 6, 2007 at 04:51 AM
    Charles Manson was a stand up guy too - anyone want to let him out of prison? Releasing these thugs early is a crime.
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