Man sentenced for 2008 robbery, carjacking in Macon

A man has been sentenced to serve 10 years in prison and 10 years on probation for stealing a tree service truck and stealing a gun from a pawnshop in July 2008, according to the Bibb County District Attorney’s Office.

Arthur Lee Williams Jr., 43, of Macon, was found guilty of carjacking, robbery by sudden snatching and possession of a firearm by a first offender on probation, during a bench trial in Bibb County Superior Court on Tuesday, said Sandra Matson, an assistant district attorney.

Two employees of Townsend Tree Service were working to clear trees out of the way for power lines on July 2, 2008. At lunchtime, the two men took a break in their truck, Matson said.

Williams approached them with a gun in the waistband of his pants and ordered them out of the truck, she said. He then drove to Howard’s Pawn Shop, 3171 Mercer University Drive, where he snatched a .45 caliber handgun off the counter while talking with a store employee, Matson said.

Employees detained Williams in the pawnshop parking lot until the police arrived, she said.