Crime

Perry teen gets 15 years for robbery

WARNER ROBINS — A Perry teenager was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years without parole for the January armed robbery of a gas station in Perry, a Houston County prosecutor says.

Javon Lamar Brown, 18, was sentenced immediately after he pleaded guilty to the armed robbery and to possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, Chief Assistant District Attorney Jason Ashford said.

Ashford said that the armed robbery carries a minimum of 10 years, with Judge Katherine K. Lumsden also sentencing Brown to an additional five years for a prior burglary conviction.

Ashford said it’s a shame that young people are throwing their lives away for so-called easy money. “Three-thousand dollars for 15 years. Even the lowest paying minimum job makes more than $3,000 in 15 years,” Ashford said.

Co-defendants Idis Lester, 22, of Byron, and Jeremie Rush, 23, of Perry, have trials pending.

Each is charged with armed robbery, false imprisonment and aggravated assault.

The three men are accused of the Jan. 5 armed robbery of the Texaco gas station at 1315 S. Perry Parkway in which a 31-year-old clerk was struck in the face with a handgun before the robbers fled with cash from the register, police said. The clerk was not seriously hurt. Perry police, utilizing a Georgia State Patrol helicopter and a Houston County sheriff’s bloodhound, swarmed the area — capturing the accused within three hours of the 10:17 p.m. armed robbery, police said.

Police recovered a shotgun, pellet gun, gloves, binoculars and a large gym bag filled with cash and coins.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 923-3109, extension 243.

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