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Thursday, June 17, 2021

Marion County man receives life in prison for internet cafe robbery

A Marion County man will spend the rest of his life behind bars for a 2018 internet cafe robbery.

Joseph Andrew Crenshaw, who pled not guilty to both counts, was found guilty of robbery with a firearm while wearing a mask, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon wearing a mask. Crenshaw was designated as a “releasee reoffender” by the state attorney, which made him eligible to receive a life sentence under Florida Statutes.

“If the state attorney determines that a defendant is a prison releasee reoffender…the state attorney may seek to have the court sentence the defendant as a prison releasee reoffender,” reads Florida Statute 775.082, which outlines sentencing guidelines for repeat offenders.

Crenshaw was sentenced almost exactly three years after the date of his arrest in 2018, when he stole around $2,300 from the Lucky Panda Internet Cafe, located at 14355 U.S. 441. That location is now permanently closed, according to an internet search.

During the robbery, Crenshaw was aided by the security officer of the internet cafe at the time, Dennis Wayne Waters.