Crime

Teen enters guilty plea in armed robbery, shooting at Vineville auto store

A teenager was sentenced Monday to serve 13 years in prison and seven years on probation in connection with the July 7 robbery of O’Reilly Auto Parts, 3129 Vineville Ave., which ended in a clerk being shot and wounded.

Romeo Journey, 15, of Oglethorpe, pleaded guilty to armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime in Bibb County Superior Court, said Greg Winters, an assistant Bibb County district attorney.

A second man, 21-year-old Justin Ashley of Kingsbury Drive, was sentenced Dec. 11 to serve 20 years in prison and five years on probation after he pleaded guilty to armed robbery and aggravated assault, Winters said.

Ashley and Journey wore masks when they entered the store and demanded money at about 7:45 p.m. July 7.

Two employees emptied the store’s cash registers, but Ashley shot one of the employees once in the back during the robbery.

There were no customers in the store when the shooting happened.A third man, Marcus Derrelle Pearson, 17, of Little Short Street, is charged with armed robbery in connection with the incident, but has not gone to trial.

Information from The Telegraph’s archives was included in this report.

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