Warner Robins man sentenced to 13 years for 3 armed robberies

bpurser@macon.comNovember 16, 2012 

PERRY -- A Warner Robins man was sentenced Friday in Houston County Superior Court to 13 years in prison in connection with three armed robberies in 2011.

Randall Marques Byrd, 28, was sentenced after pleading guilty to one count of armed robbery and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in connection to the armed robberies of two fast-food restaurants in the same night, according to the Houston County District Attorney’s office website.

He also pleaded guilty to one count of armed robbery of a pizza delivery business several days later. Other charges related to the three incidents were dismissed.

Byrd was also sentenced to seven years of probation upon release from prison and ordered to stay away from Krystal, Hardee’s and Papa John’s in Houston County, according to the website.

He was also fined $1,000 and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $377 in regard to the robberies of the Krystal and Hardee’s.

He was ordered to pay $240 in restitution for the robbery of the Papa John’s.

Byrd held up the Krystal at 1638 Watson Blvd. at 9:15 p.m. and the Hardee’s at 421 N. Davis Drive at 9:46 p.m. on June 29, 2011. He also robbed the Papa John’s at 810 Russell Parkway at 9:34 p.m. July 6, 2011.

The new sentence is to run concurrently with time left on revocation of his probation for unrelated crimes, said Houston County Chief Deputy Assistant District Attorney Daniel P. Bibler, who prosecuted the 2011 armed robberies.

Based on the state Department of Corrections website, Byrd has about seven years to serve on the prior convictions, Bibler said. With the new sentence, Byrd would have to serve at least an additional three years before he’s eligible for parole and may serve the full sentence into 2024, Bibler said.

All considered, Bibler said he felt that the plea and sentence were fair.

“He owned up to what he did,” Bibler said.

Byrd’s probation was revoked Sept. 21, 2011, after he was charged with the 2011, armed robberies. He’s currently in the Houston County jail awaiting transport back to prison where he’s been serving since Dec. 8, 2011, following his revocation, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections website. He’s prior convictions include a 2002 burglary in Houston County and a 2003 entering vehicle and theft by taking in Houston County, according to the website.

Claudia Meier, an assistant public defender for Houston County who represented Byrd, was not reached for comment

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.

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