Crime

Teen is headed to prison for torching school, threatening woman

Quintuin Sipp stands while being sentenced in multiple crimes, including armed robbery and arson, on Thursday.
Quintuin Sipp stands while being sentenced in multiple crimes, including armed robbery and arson, on Thursday. amccoy@sunherald.com

A teen who broke into Moss Point High School and set fire to it was also one of two people who, a year before, had put a knife to a woman’s throat to rob her.

On Thursday, Quintuin Markese Sipp, a member of the Bloods street gang, learned he would be spending 16 years in prison for his crimes, and pay court costs, fines and restitution.

Circuit Judge Robert Krebs imposed the sentences after the 18-year-old’s pleas to charges of burglary, first-degree arson, armed robbery and burglary of an inhabited dwelling in the two cases.

Sipp was first charged as an adult at age 16, when he and another man went to a woman’s Dantzler Street home posing as high school students raising money for the football team.

Sipp wasn’t even in school at the time. He’d quit in eighth grade.

Prosecutors said they forced their way inside and took $50.

The victim of his home invasion said she has lost her sense of security.

“I’ve experienced loss of sleep, anxiety, panic attacks and the fear of simply opening my door to someone,” she said in a statement.

At age 17, Sipp and two 14-year-olds broke into Moss Point High on Aug. 24, 2015, and set fire to it. They also vandalized offices, spray-painted graffiti on the walls and broke into a concession stand.

“Since the fire …. our students have been displaced and have had to be moved to other schools for instruction,” read a statement from the Moss Point School District. “Teachers have had to share classrooms spaces, textbooks and materials since the fire.

“This caused tremendous hardship on our school district, employees, students, and families and will not end for possibly another school year.”

Krebs sentenced Sipp to 20 years in prison, with 12 full years to serve for the arson to run consecutively to a seven-year sentence for burglary, with four years to serve.

Those sentences run concurrently to two 20-year sentences for armed robbery and burglary of an inhabited dwelling.

Sipp’a mother, Missy Sipp, was in the courtroom when her son was sentenced and wept when he was escorted out in handcuffs.

Afterward, she said she is a single mother of six children and her son had a mental illness but had stopped taking his medication when he thought he was doing better.

In addition, she said, “ he was hanging out with older people, he was around the wrong crowd.”

Assistant District Attorney Angel Myers prosecuted the case.

Margaret Baker: 228-896-0538, @Margar45

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