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Former convict arraigned in jewelry store holdup

Mike Martindale
The Detroit News

Clarkston — A parolee who allegedly shot a Clarkston jewelry store owner during a weekend holdup was arraigned Wednesday on eight felony charges including armed robbery and assault with intent to murder.

Roy Lee Genright, 48, appeared before Clarkston District Judge Joseph Fabrizio and was formally charged with armed robbery with personal injury; assault with intent to murder; assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder; and five related firearms offenses.

The charges carry up to life in prison for Genright who was ordered back to the Oakland County Jail by Fabrizio pending a pre-trial conference.

Genright and another man, who remains at large, held up the Clarkston Jewelry Outlet on Dixie and White Lake Road around 4 p.m. Saturday, according to detectives.

Store owner Daniel Chiappelli, 51, was shot in the back when he got in an altercation with one of the men who took an unknown amount of cash, jewelry and a handgun from the safe.

Chiappelli, despite being wounded, followed the suspects in his pickup truck. When he attempted to block their vehicle at a nearby cemetery, he was then shot at again several times by one of the men. Chiappelli rammed the vehicle with his truck and the pair fled on foot.

Genright was chased down by deputies and the other man ran across a partially frozen lake and broke into a home where he escaped in a stolen Jeep, authorities said.

Chiappelli has since been treated for his wound and released from an area hospital, detectives said.

Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said Genright is another example of a convicted criminal who had no business being out on the street.

“Due to a team of our skilled investigators, this extremely violent criminal is off the streets,” Bouchard said. “This individual is another example of a broken parole system that continues to allow felons back into our communities to recommit violent crimes. We are glad there will be justice for the victims and their families.”

Genright was paroled in February 2015 after serving 22 years of a 15-to-30 year prison sentence for an armed robbery in Detroit in 1993.

Other past convictions and sentences for Genright include:

■A March 1988 auto theft, in which he was sentenced to eight months to 2.5 years.

■Two December 1988 convictions in another auto theft in which he was found guilty of receiving a concealing in excess of $100 and sentenced to one to five years. He completed parole.

■An August 1986 breaking and entering in which he pleaded guilty and was placed on probation.

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