Three of the six suspects arrested in connection to the June 2010 armed robbery of a Wendy’s on Ga. Highway 138 entered guilty pleas in Rockdale County Superior Court on Friday.
Randall Lee Peterson, 22, of Alpharetta, Javonte Terrel Jackson, 20, of Conyers, and Calvin Leon Chambers Jr., 23, of Atlanta were all sentenced by Judge David Irwin to 15 years, to serve 10, for armed robbery and burglary.
In court, Jackson described how his aunt worked at a Wendy’s and knew what time the deposits were taken to the bank. He described his participation as mentioning the information and later seeing the $600 that was stolen split up among the participants. He told the court he received $20.
Chambers described to the court how he had never met the two men that robbed the Wendy’s until that night. He said he knew one person in the group, Randal Lee Peterson, and had joined thinking they were going out clubbing. Only when suspects Markus Seymore, who previously pled guilty, and Jamal Junayd Woods, came back to Chambers’ car “huffing and puffing” with blood on them and a money bag did he realize what happened.
Chambers dropped his cell phone at the scene that night and it was the phone that led Conyers police to him.
Chambers’ attorney, Stephanie Palmer, said her client had no criminal record, was a master barber gainfully employed, and had been a model of cooperation throughout the investigation and case.
Irwin asked why Chambers didn’t call the police after he realized a robbery had occurred. “It would have made 10 years worth of difference in your life,” said Irwin quietly. “Whether we like it or not, we are judged by the company we keep.”
“I didn’t know how to go about the situation,” said Chambers. “It was over my head at that point.”