Houston & Peach

WR man sentenced to life for robbing taxi driver

WARNER ROBINS — A Warner Robins man was sentenced Tuesday afternoon to life in prison without parole after a jury convicted him of last year’s armed robbery of a taxi driver, a Houston County prosecutor says.

Anthony Gary Andrews, 45, was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Edward D. Lukemire immediately after the verdict. Andrews was sentenced as a recidivist for the armed robbery, his ninth felony conviction, said Chief Assistant District Attorney Jason Ashford.

Andrews’ prior felony convictions, all committed in Florida, included several cocaine possessions and thefts, the prosecutor said.

July 26, Andrews summoned the taxicab driver to apartments at 101 Woodcrest Blvd., had the driver take him to an ATM and then robbed him at knifepoint of $150, a cell phone and car keys, Ashford said. The taxi driver was not hurt.

A few hours later, Andrews approached the driver, telling him he knew who the robber was and could get his cell phone and keys back for $10, Ashford said.

Jurors deliberated for 30 minutes before reaching the verdict after the two-day trial.