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Man gets 20 years for 2010 armed robbery

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Christopher Randolph Williams (Source: Chatham Co. District Attorney's Office) Christopher Randolph Williams (Source: Chatham Co. District Attorney's Office)

A Hazlehurst man was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison without parole with five years to serve for a 2010 armed robbery of a Circle K in Savannah. 

Earlier this month, a jury found Christopher Randolph Williams, 23, of Hazlehurst, guilty of armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. 

Williams was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Timothy Walmsley to 20 years in prison without parole for armed robbery and five years probation consecutive for possession of firearm/commission of a felony, according to the Chatham County District Attorney's Office. 

At about 6 a.m. Sept. 5, 2010, Williams and Delancier Black, 21, Willie Kurtz, 22, and Emmett Brown, 24, cased a Circle K on White Bluff Road, saw a male clerk was working, waited for a shift change and Jodie Jones, 36, took over the next shift, according to the district attorney's office. 

Two men covered their faces with T-shirts, entered the store and demanded money. Williams brandished an assault rifle. 

Jones gave them what was inside the cash register, which as about $90.  Then they demanded the money in the safe. 

After being told that she was unable to open the safe, Williams fired the assault rifle at the safe in an attempt to gain access. The gunshots ricocheted off of the safe and hit Jones in the leg, causing minor wounds. 

They couldn't get into the safe and left the store and were met in the parking lot by a male customer. 

Williams fired several shots in the man's direction so he couldn't identify them, according to the district attorney's office. The gunshots hit the customer's truck and the front windows of the Circle K. They took off in a white Chevrolet Caprice. 

The suspects were also involved in an armed robbery of a Qwik Pick convenience store on Sept. 4, 2010, in Hazlehurst, GA. The same assault rifle was used and attempts to open the safe were also unsuccessful. 

William's three accomplices all entered pleas for their involvement in the armed robberies, but Williams denied his involvement and his case went to trial, according to district attorney's office.

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