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Warner Robins man sentenced to 10 years for gas station robberies

WARNER ROBINS — A Warner Robins man was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison without the possibility of parole for robbing a Warner Robins gas station twice in 2008, a Houston County prosecutor said.

Dontavious Black, 19, was sentenced immediately after pleading guilty in Superior Court to the armed robberies of the Petro Gas Station at 801 S. Davis Drive on Sept. 19, 2009, and Oct. 15, 2008, District Attorney Kelly Burke said.

Black was caught after the second armed robbery when he and two of his friends drove by the crime scene while police were still there talking to the store owner, the prosecutor said. The owner saw Black and told police that’s the guy, Burke said. Black had brandished a handgun, forcing the owner to hand over cash.

Black, who still had the stolen money in his baggy pants, dropped the money when his pants fell down in front of police, the prosecutor said.

Avery Rivers, 17, of Warner Robins, who was in the car with Black, also was charged with armed robbery, Burke said. Rivers, who was an accomplice, has not yet gone to court on the charge, the prosecutor said. The other person in the car was not believed to have been involved and was not charged, Burke said. The gun was recovered hidden at Black’s home, Burke said.

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