May 16, 2023

Man Sentenced to Serve 40 Years After Robbing Ridgeland Hotel Clerk

Therese Apel

Noah Bradford, 24, of Jackson has been sentenced to serve 40 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, convicted on a count of armed robbery.

Bradford was found guilty on March 28. Circuit Court Judge Steve Ratcliff held a sentencing hearing before handing down his sentence.

“Noah Bradford did the crime, law enforcement did their jobs, we did our job, and the jury did theirs,” District Attorney Bubba Bramlett stated. “Today, the judge did his job, and I couldn’t agree more. Forty years fits the crime really well. Since Bradford committed it, he gets to wear it.”

On May 28, 2021, Bradford walked to the front desk of the Staybridge Suites wearing a hoody and mask, jumped behind the counter, and pulled a gun on the female working. He demanded money and upon receiving the $250 from the register, he ran from the premises. Officers from the Ridgeland Police Department were able to obtain surveillance footage from both the Staybridge as well as surrounding businesses and develop a suspect vehicle. Working with other law enforcement agencies, these officers were eventually able to track that car back to Bradford. Upon execution of a search warrant on Bradford’s apartment, they found the clothing he had used in the robbery as well as the gun, which had been hidden in the tank of his toilet.

Bradford elected to go to trial on the charge. At the conclusion of the trial, jurors found him guilty after a short deliberation. Bradford has also been accused of murder and several armed robberies in Hinds County. He was given non-adjudicated probation on a charge of accessory after the fact to armed robbery and was still on probation at the time of the Ridgeland robbery. He is also currently facing a kidnapping charge in Hinds County that is still pending.

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