A Canton man was sentenced to serve 40 years in prison for a 2014 armed robbery that resulted in the murder of a 13-year-old store clerk. 

Teaonta Clark, 19 at the time of the robbery, and his uncle, 34-year-old Tony Clark, walked into the Fat Boys Convenience Store on Roby Street in Canton in October 2014 with the intention of robbing the place. 

Tony Clark walked up to the 13-year-old clerk and executed him before trying to kill the clerk’s father. Last year, Tony was found guilty and given the death penalty. 

Last Wednesday, Teaonta was sentenced to 40 years, closing out a case that has lingered for over four years. He initially pleaded guilty on the armed robbery charge in December 2018. 

Michael Guest, then-Madison County District Attorney, said at the time they would not seek the death penalty for Teaonta because he didn’t pull the trigger. Guest was later elected to represent Mississippi’s Third District in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

Surveillance footage showed the Clarks entering the store and Tony immediately pulled a gun and shot Muhammad Saeed in the head, killing him instantly. 

Tony then attempted to shoot Muhammad’s father, Fahd Saeed, in the head but there was a gun malfunction. Fahd then turned around to run and was shot in the abdomen after Tony got the weapon to fire. 

“These were the actions of two selfish criminals who needlessly and cruelly took the life of a 13-year-old child in the hopes of a quick pay day,” DA John K. Bramlett Jr. said.

“While no amount of prison time can bring back Muhammad for his family, we hope that today’s sentence, in addition to the death penalty sentence for Tony Clark, will bring much needed closure.”