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Bumbling robbers take their act to prison

Three hapless armed robbers, who bumbled their way through two armed robberies in the area, are now headed to prison after hearings before Judge Bill Fears in Monroe superior court. Deontavious White, 27, of Jenkinsburg and Emmanuel Johnson 33, of Jackson were sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to armed robberies at the C&B store on Hwy. 41 South at Fredonia Church Road here and the Marathon station on Johnstonville Road at I-75 in Monroe County in December 2016. Interim district attorney Elizabeth Bobbitt reported the pair would do at least 30 years before being eligible for parole. A third defendant, getaway driver Demarcio Stodghill, 35, of Jackson was sentenced to 20 years in prison and must serve at least 15 years before being paroled. A firearm was was used in each robbery and clerks at both stores were pepper sprayed by the thieves. In the C&B robbery, clerk Sanjay Patel handed over the cash in the drawer which totaled $3050.23. Surveillance video from C&B was instrumental is solving the case. At C&B, the getaway vehicle, a Honda SUV, experienced mechanical problems after the thieves left the store and the driver actually had to reenter the store and buy transmission fluid. Deputies arrived and originally thought the three were witnesses. In the Marathon robbery, the getaway driver borrowed money from the clerk to pump gas. While he as pumping the fuel, the other two came in and robbed the clerk.

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