Man Convicted, Sentenced To Life In Prison For Killing Escambia County Store Owner

May 26, 2021

A Montgomery, Alabama, man was convicted Wednesday morning of killing an Escambia County convenience store owner in 2016. He was then sentenced to life in prison.

Raymond Jerome Pruitt, 44, of Montgomery, Alabama, robbed the A&E Food Mart on Pace Boulevard about 9:30 p.m. on April 26, 2016. During the robbery, he shot and killed 53-year old Chung Lun Chiang, known as “Alan,” while he worked.

Pruitt’s crime spree began on April 5, 2016, in Montgomery when he stabbed his girlfriend and shot her with her own pistol as she tried to escape. Pruitt was soon identified as the prime suspect in five armed robberies occurring in Montgomery, Ozark, Troy, and Prattville, Alabama.


16 Responses to “Man Convicted, Sentenced To Life In Prison For Killing Escambia County Store Owner”

  1. Justice on May 29th, 2021 7:01 am

    Pruitt should be executed! He is of no value, just a low class thug with total disregard for human life.

  2. steve on May 28th, 2021 6:28 pm

    Bob……………. There are very few drug users being put in prison. that is a falsehood that some like to yap off about. We have hardened dealers and violent criminals that barely get any time.

    Biggest issue is front end problems. The TOTAL lack of a family unit… That is the #1 problem.
    The other is the acceptance of criminals as some kind of victim. They victimize others but are far from a victim.

    Prison is the one place that as a society we expect to pay to keep those criminals away from the good people. Profit or not, they are just the keepers of those no one wants around.

    Also when you convicted of a capital offense YOU DIE… Within 2 years MAX.

  3. np630ss on May 28th, 2021 9:39 am

    This case has nothing to do with turning to crime to “provide for his family”. This creature had the same opportunities every person has in life. He chose to “make something of himself” – a murdering criminal. A string of robberies in AL and an attempted murder of his girl friend. An armed robbery with a murder in FL. He chose his path. No one forced or coerced him into it. He found it easier to take, than to earn. Now he is a dependent if the taxpayers, irredeemable as he is. A good man lost his life. We get to support his killer for life. Where is the justice here?

  4. Bob on May 27th, 2021 9:47 pm

    If y’all are really concerned about the cost of holding inmates in prison, maybe we should work on ending for-profit prisons, mandatory minimum sentences, decriminalizing minor drug possession, and creating job training programs to reduce the number of people that have to turn to crime to provide for their families.

  5. Js on May 27th, 2021 12:20 pm

    Prison=cheap labor

  6. mnon on May 27th, 2021 7:07 am

    We need to go back to when this country was founded if you believe it is 1619 or 1776… We need to start dragging these people into the public square and making examples of them. Period.

  7. Lou on May 27th, 2021 6:45 am

    Great job by our State Prosecutor! Sincere condolences to the Chiang family. Killing this man was unnecessary. Death penalty in 30 days fits better, especially based on video evidence, no doubt he is guilty!

  8. bill l on May 26th, 2021 10:23 pm

    Stupid country when we have mostly lawyers, as politicians, who set up insane rules, to allow someone 5 years to be found guilty. Especially when he killed so fast and no mercy. All at tax payers expense. Need to take the cost out of their retirement funds.

  9. Howie on May 26th, 2021 7:26 pm

    An Eye For An Eye – Pruitt should receive a lethal injection and never see daylight again.

    His girlfriend and Chiang will never see the light of day again, and he shouldn’t either.

  10. ensley boy on May 26th, 2021 7:08 pm

    He will be free in 25 years. However Alan will still be dead.

  11. RC on May 26th, 2021 7:00 pm

    I agree with Paul. Execute him as quickly as he killed that man. He didn’t afford that man any appeals, all he got was killed. Give him as good as he gave. Build a gallows, get the TV cameras out there and show everyone what happens to cold blooded killers. Pull the lever and it’s over with. While it’s set up take care of that guy that raped and killed that little girl last year and threw her over the bridge off of Detroit Blvd. . Two killers gone and the world would be better off for it. People are sick and tired of this garbage.

  12. JTV on May 26th, 2021 6:19 pm

    He’ll be able to laugh and swap stories about his killings with his fellow inmates for many years. We definitely aren’t using the death penalty enough.

  13. Anne on May 26th, 2021 5:33 pm

    GOOD — Now throw away the key.
    Alan seemed to be trying to comply with this thug and he did not need to murder him in cold blood.

  14. scott Thomas on May 26th, 2021 4:42 pm

    A life for a life….

  15. Paul on May 26th, 2021 12:37 pm

    I’m all for the death penalty. The reality is keeping someone in a cage is more inhumane. Put them out of their misery. They have no value to this world anymore.

  16. Bigblock345 on May 26th, 2021 12:16 pm

    Should be put to death. Society would be better off.

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