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Man sentenced to life in Wendy's armed robbery case

Ronnie James Holder (Source: Chatham County District Attorney's Office) Ronnie James Holder (Source: Chatham County District Attorney's Office)
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

A man pleaded guilty to an armed robbery that occurred at a Wendy's in December 2011 on Wilmington Island.

Ronnie James Holder, 30, a native of Milledgeville who was living in Savannah, pleaded guilty to charges of armed robbery, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and kidnapping, according to the Chatham County District Attorney's Office. 

He was not offered negotiated plea terms by district attorney's office, but entered into open-ended plea before Chatham County Superior Court Judge Timothy Walmsley.  He was sentenced to life plus five years on probation. 

On Dec. 29, 2011, Holder and William Martin Clark, 27, conspired to rob the Wendy's restaurant on U.S. 80 near Johnny Mercer Boulevard on Wilmington Island, according to the district attorney's office.

At about 1a.m., as the restaurant was getting ready to close, Holder and Clark went into the Wendy's and held the 22-year-old restaurant manager at gunpoint. They put a gun to the manager's head, forced him into the back office and demanded cash. The two men then took off with an undisclosed amount of cash toward Johnny Mercer Boulevard. 

The manager then went outside to ensure the suspects were gone. That's when Clark pointed his gun at the manager and the manager fired several shots using his own .40-caliber handgun at the suspects, according to the district attorney's office. 

Clark was shot in the head and died near the parking lot of the restaurant. 

Holder was shot several times in the leg and groin and escaped through the property of adjacent businesses. 

He was arrested in a mobile home park near Milledgeville, GA, by U.S. Marshals on Jan. 2, 2012 after a three-county search in central Georgia. 

Holder was treated at Oconee Regional Medical Center later transferred into custody. 

On Jan. 6, 2013, former Wendy's employee Tony Conyers, who was present the night of the robbery, was charged with being a party to the crime of armed robbery and other related offenses. 

Conyers pleaded guilty earlier in July. He was sentenced to 20 years to serve.   

The district attorney's office reviewed the actions by the Wendy's manager and no charges were filed. 

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