Macon teenager sentenced in robbery spree

A 17-year-old from Macon pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and armed robbery Monday in connection with a 2009 robbery spree.

Kenneth Thomas, of Berkner Avenue, was sentenced to serve 12 years in prison followed by eight years on probation. He will not be eligible for parole for 12 years, prosecutor Nancy Scott Malcor said.

Thomas and four other teenagers were indicted in February 2010 in connection with a string of five robberies that began Oct. 26, 2009, and ended Nov. 2, 2009.

Thomas pleaded guilty in Bibb County Superior Court to aggravated assault in connection with the Nov. 1 robbery and pistol-whipping of a woman on Blount Street. He also pleaded guilty to armed robbery in connection with the Nov. 2 robbery and pistol-whipping of a man on Hightower Road.

Malcor said Thomas has admitted being present at both robberies. But, she said, he denied having a gun at the Hightower robbery or striking the woman during the Blount Street robbery.

As a part of a plea deal, an additional charge of armed robbery in connection with the Blount Street incident was dismissed, as were charges of armed robbery, carjacking and kidnapping from a separate incident.

The other teenagers charged in connection with the robbery spree already have pleaded guilty and been sentenced, according to court records.