- Associated Press - Friday, April 3, 2015

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Three men have been sentenced to life in prison for robbing an Augusta store owner and his customers at gunpoint.

The Augusta Chronicle reports (https://bit.ly/1yJUYH0 ) the defendants - 23-year-old Xavius Bell, 22-year-old Elmonte Surry and 20-year-old James M. Robinson - were sentenced by a Superior Court judge Thursday to life with a possibility for parole. A jury on March 6 found all three men guilty of 16 charges including armed robbery.

Authorities say the men were armed with guns when they entered JR’s Stop and Shop on Dec. 29 and threatened store owner J.R. Riles and six customers. One of the gunmen made the threat: “Don’t make this a homicide.”

The robbers took cash, jewelry, cellphones and keys that enabled them to steal two vehicles.


Information from: The Augusta Chronicle , https://www.augustachronicle.com

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