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Clanton robbery suspect sentenced to 25 years in prison

A 45-year-old man who robbed a Clanton business at gunpoint in 2014 was sentenced on Tuesday to 25 years in prison.

Clemmon Barlow, who lists an address off Pike Road in Montgomery, was sentenced by Chilton County Circuit Judge John B. Bush at the Chilton County Courthouse.

According to Bush’s order, Barlow will be given credit for time served.

Bush also ordered that all court costs associated with the case must be paid by Barlow, the crime victim’s compensation of $50 and restitution in the amount of $5,700 to Check N Go, according to court records.

Barlow is the brother of a former Alabama State University football coach, according to a press release from the 19th Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s office.

Barlow, who had three prior felony convictions, entered a guilty plea to first-degree robbery in October.

Barlow was charged with robbery in the first degree for robbing three different Check N Go businesses in Clanton, Auburn and Montgomery.

The Clanton business, located off Logan Road, was robbed on Sept. 12, 2014.

Barlow allegedly used a similar tactic in all three robberies, even wearing the same clothes in the Clanton robbery as he did in the Auburn robbery.

After the Clanton robbery, Clanton Police Department detectives followed leads and were able to develop the name of the suspect.

CPD Detective Sgt. Cameron Bates contacted Montgomery and Auburn detectives at the time and arranged a meeting in Montgomery to share information.

Arrest warrants was obtained, and a search warrant of Barlow’s residence was executed by the Montgomery Robbery/Homicide Bureau.

Evidence of the crimes were discovered inside Barlow’s residence in Montgomery County, authorities said at the time of Barlow’s arrest.

Barlow learned of his arrest warrant and later turned himself in to Montgomery Police at Jackson Hospital.

Barlow was later brought back to Clanton and placed in the Chilton County Jail on bonds totaling more than $250,000.

A February 2014 grand jury indicted Barlow for “committing a theft of lawful U.S. currency, the property of Check N Go,” according to court records.

Both Montgomery and Auburn police departments also secured robbery warrants on Barlow, who was on parole for robbery charges.

Also assisting in the case were the U.S. Marshals and the FBI.

Ronterrius Thomas was also sentenced to serve 17 years in the Alabama Department of Corrections for the robbery of a Dollar General store.

Thomas entered a guilty plea to first-degree robbery charges in November and had two prior felonies on his record, according to a press release from the 19th Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s office.

“As a result of our efforts, two career criminals who have made a livelihood of victimizing and taking advantage of people have been taken off the streets,” District Attorney Randall Houston said in a release. “Our district attorney’s office has ensured these felons will be removed from society for a good portion of their adult lives, and we urge anyone who considers committing similar crimes to think twice before they meet a similar fate.”