Man who robbed Korean War vet convicted

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office booking photo of Quayshaun Heath
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office booking photo of Quayshaun Heath

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A 21-year-old Jacksonville man was convicted Friday afternoon for his involvement in a 2011 armed robbery.

A jury found Quayshaun Heath guilty on charges of armed robbery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

In July 2011, Heath and his co-defendant, Alfonza Alberta, held up 78-year-old Clyde Tompkins. The Korean War veteran was picking up his mail at his apartment complex when Heath and Alberta approached him at gunpoint. Heath took the victim's car keys, $12 in cash, and then took off in the victim's car.

Jacksonville police spotted the stolen vehicle and arrested Heath and Alberta three hours after the robbery. Officers also found the gun used in the robbery lying in the street near the scene where the two were arrested.

"This was a difficult situation for Mr. Tompkins to endure, and I'm pleased the two men who put him through this will be forced to answer for their actions," said Assistant State Attorney Jeff Moody.

In November, Alberta pleaded guilty to a charge of armed robbery and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Heath has felony convictions for dealing in stolen property and giving false verification of ownership of Pawned Items. Heath now faces a mandatory of ten years to life in prison. He will be sentenced the week of Feb. 11.