Habitual offender gets life in attempted murder

Booking photo of Bobby Dennis
Booking photo of Bobby Dennis

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A 55-year-old Jacksonville man was sentenced this week as a habitual felony offender to life in prison, with a 20-year minimum mandatory, for attempted second-degree murder and attempted armed robbery while wearing a mask or hood. 

Bobby Roy Dennis also received 30 years in prison, with a three-year minimum mandatory, for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. These sentences run concurrently.

In August 2015, Dennis entered the Family Dollar store on Edgewood Avenue and approached the store clerk with a bandana covering his face.

Dennis pulled out his gun, demanded money and threatened to shoot the clerk.

One of the customers in the store announced he was calling the police and chased Dennis out of the store.

In the parking lot, Dennis fired several shots toward the man before fleeing the scene.