A 23-year-old Macon man was sentenced to 20 years in prison followed by 15 years on probation Monday for his part in a 2012 armed robbery and subsequent shootout with police, according to the district attorney’s office.
Rashad Akeem Williams pleaded guilty to armed robbery, aggravated assault and violating the state’s Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act during a hearing in Bibb County Superior Court.
Williams and two other men -- Jarvis Kenyon Childs, 29, and Antaveyo Alondo Clark, 23 -- robbed seven people at gunpoint Dec. 3, 2012, in the work bay of a vehicle warehouse in the 3000 block of Columbus Road.
The seven people told authorities the three men, two of them masked, ordered them to lie on the floor. One of the intruders fired a shot near the head of one of the victims.
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After taking cash, cellphones and keys, the trio ran away, and the victims called police.
Two Macon police officers were driving through the area when the call was dispatched. Riding in an unmarked car, the officers spotted a car associated with the suspects.
People inside the car fired shots at the officers, and the officers returned fire, prosecutor Sandra Matson said.
Childs and Clark were apprehended in the area. Williams was caught later in West Virginia, she said.
Clark pleaded guilty at a 2014 hearing to the same charges as Williams, armed robbery, aggravated assault and a violation of the gang act. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison followed by 15 years on probation, Matson said.
Childs pleaded guilty to armed robbery and aggravated assault in 2014 and was sentenced to 15 years in prison followed by 15 on probation, she said.
Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report. To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.