Even after jurors convicted him of impersonating a Bibb County deputy while robbing a restaurant business office, Alfred Kanaan Moore claimed his innocence, saying he was wrongfully charged.
Moore, 36, was sentenced to 45 years in prison Thursday after a trial in Bibb County Superior Court.
Jurors deliberated less than two hours Wednesday before finding him guilty of two counts each of armed robbery, false imprisonment and aggravated assault, and one count each of burglary, impersonating an officer and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
During his sentencing hearing, Moore pleaded with the judge, asking for another chance.
Sign Up and Save
Get six months of free digital access to The Telegraph
He said he had worked at the same job for 15 years before his arrest in the 2013 robbery of the Margarita's Mexican Grill business office. After posting bond, he got another job so he could support his seven children.
Moore said he has no prior felony criminal record.
"The worst thing I ever did was drive on a suspended license," he said. "This is totally out of my character. ... I would never do anything like this."
Restaurant owner Luis Rodriguez and secretary Griselda Zabala testified Tuesday that Moore and another man -- both dressed as Bibb County deputies -- entered the business's office on Log Cabin Drive under the pretense that they had a search warrant.
Rodriguez and Zabala were held at gunpoint, with their hands bound, while Moore searched the office for money.
It wasn't until Rodriguez noticed that Moore was wearing two sets of pants that he realized the men weren't deputies, he testified.
Bobby Bearden, Moore's lawyer, argued during the trial that Moore wasn't in the vicinity at the time of the robbery.
A second man charged in the robbery, 20-year-old William Kody Lee Stewart, testified that Moore provided the law enforcement uniforms, bullet-proof vests, guns and other items used to commit the crimes.
Stewart, who pleaded guilty to armed robbery in 2014, said that instead of using their real names, he and Moore referred to each other as "sarge" and "sheriff" while at the Margarita's office.
Stewart is serving a 20-year sentence that includes 15 years in prison.
Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report. To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398 or find her on Twitter@awomackmacon.