A 23-year-old facing armed robbery and theft charges chose to plead guilty Tuesday before jurors returned with a verdict.
Jonathan Washington was accused of robbing a man around 3:15 a.m. Nov. 30, 2008, as he walked to his girlfriend’s apartment on Cusseta Road, said Senior Assistant District Attorney Wayne Jernigan. Washington and two other suspects allegedly took the man’s money and car keys before leaving in his car.
Arrested a few weeks after the incident, Washington remained in jail awaiting trial, which began Monday. As jurors began their deliberations, he chose to plead guilty to armed robbery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and theft by taking motor vehicle, Jernigan said.“The victim was present, and he was happy with the guilty plea,” Jernigan said. “He was happy with the sentence.”
Washington was sentenced by Muscogee County Superior Court Judge Doug Pullen to 11 years in prison, followed by nine years on probation. He is ineligible for parole for the first 10 years of his sentence, Jernigan said.