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Newberry man sentenced to 18 years for armed robbery

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Ernest Eugene Williams Jr. (Source: Greenwood Solicitor's Office) Ernest Eugene Williams Jr. (Source: Greenwood Solicitor's Office)
NEWBERRY, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A Newberry man was sentenced to almost two decades in prison for the armed robbery of a Lil' Cricket convenience store in late 2012.

The solicitor David Stumbo announced on Thursday that 45-year-old Ernest Eugene Williams Jr. was convicted by a jury of for armed robbery and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

Williams was sentenced by Judge Eugene Griffith to 18 years for the armed robbery of the convenience store in Newberry on Dec. 8, 2012.

Stumbo said Williams entered the store on Kendall Road wearing a hooded jacket and pointed a gun at the clerk, demanding money. Williams then reached over the counter and grabbed a handful of cash, Stumbo said.

Newberry police investigated the case and arrested Williams, according to Stumbo.

"Our prosecution team did a great job in the preparation and trial of this case along with the support of outstanding investigative work by the city police department," said Stumbo. "A violent and dangerous criminal has been removed from the Newberry community."

Williams must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence before being eligible for parole.

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