Second of two charged in Rooster's, Mr. B's robberies pleads guilty

The second of two men charged in a pair of liquor store robberies pleaded guilty Monday and was sentenced to 15 years in prison, to include the two years he’s been in jail since his arrest.

His accomplice pleaded guilty earlier this year and got 12 years in prison.

Prosecutors said Ormand Kirkland deserved more time because he was the one wielding a shotgun on Sept. 17, 2010, when he and O’markeon Kelley robbed Rooster’s Package Store on Macon Road, and on Sept. 22, 2010, when they robbed Mr. B’s Beer & Wine at 1314 13th Street.

The latter incident turned violent when a police officer arrived as the two were fleeing. The officer fired, wounding Kirkland in the leg. Kirkland was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer for firing the shotgun, though he claimed it discharged when he dropped it, leaving it on the ground outside the store. The officer was not injured.

Police used a low-flying helicopter with a spotlight to search the area after the 8:30 p.m. robbery.

The robbers always dressed in black and wore bandanas over their faces, police said. They tried to rob Rooster’s Package Store again on Sept. 22, just 30 minutes before robbing Mr. B’s, but a Rooster’s store clerk saw them coming and locked the door before they could get in.Arrested in February 2011, both men faced multiple felony counts for various crimes.

Kelley faced four counts of armed robbery and two of aggravated assault on a police officer, along with individual charges of attempted armed robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, criminal trespass and possession of a firearm while committing a crime.

Kirkland’s charges Monday included seven counts of possessing a knife or firearm while committing a crime, four counts of armed robbery, two of burglary, and one count each of aggravated assault, aggravated assault on a police officer, attempted armed robbery, obstruction of a law enforcement officer and theft by receiving stolen property, according to court records.

Assistant District Attorney Brad Bickerstaff said the shotgun Kirkland used was stolen during a burglary.