One of four granted plea deal in stolen marijuana case

Mar. 18, 2014 @ 06:40 PM

One of the four men arrested in an August armed robbery involving a safe containing marijuana has accepted a plea deal.

Orrie K. Williams pleaded guilty in Vance County Superior Court on Tuesday to one count of common law robbery and one count of assault with a deadly weapon upon a government official. Williams, 24, appeared before Judge James Hardin and avoided additional charges of resisting arrest, assault, breaking and entering, larceny, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a stolen goods, and three counts of robbery with a deadly weapon.

Vance County Assistant District Attorney Ben Hunter, who prosecuted the case, recommended a 19-32 month sentence, which is in the high end of the presumptive range.

Common law robbery is a Class G felony with a maximum sentence of 47 months. Assault with a deadly weapon carries a maximum sentence of 59 months.

The judge also accepted Hunter’s recommendation to order Williams to testify against any other co-defendants who come to trial.

The Aug. 30 incident began at Lot 12 on 2931 Thomas Road. Vance County Sheriff’s deputies also arrested Geoffrey Gattis, Torian Robertson and Glen Montrell Jones on Aug. 30 after they attempted to rob Kenneth M. Newcomb.

According to a sheriff’s office report, the four men entered the residence showing at least one firearm. They took a wallet, identification and bank cards and a brown desk safe.

Deputies responding to the armed robbery encountered a vehicle matching a description and conducted a traffic stop on N.C. 39.

Williams attempted to flee but was caught, and all four were arrested.

Deputies discovered 18 grams of marijuana, which led to the arrest of Newcomb.

Williams was also convicted of conspiring to commit armed robbery in Franklin County in October 2011.

 

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