A Pulaski man charged in connection with double robberies in Fairlawn last year will have to serve just under half of a 36-year prison sentence.
Ernest Logan Draper, who was 18 at the time of the robberies, received the sentence on guilty pleas to five charges of robbery (two counts), use of a gun to threaten, use of a firearm in the commission of a robbery and an unrelated breaking and entering charge.
The sentences on each charge were ordered to run consecutively (one after another), thus giving Draper a total sentence of 36 years. The judge suspended 22 years, leaving Draper with 14 to serve.
The prosecution chose not to pursue additional charges of robbery, use of a firearm in the commission of a robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery. Those charges were nollo prosequi, meaning they are dismissed with the option to refile.
Draper was one of three Pulaski residents arrested just days after the Oct. 30 robbery of Troy’s and King Buffet restaurants in adjacent shopping centers off Route 114 in Fairlawn.
Troy’s, a pizza and sandwich shop, and King Buffet, an Asian food restaurant, were robbed within four minutes of each other just after 9 p.m. that evening. In both cases, a white male entered the restaurant displaying a firearm and demanding money, and then fled on foot.
Draper’s co-defendants are Anthony Curtis Mannon, 48, and Angela Marie Smith, 26.
Court records show Smith is awaiting sentencing on two counts of robbery, one count of conspiracy to rob, and one unrelated count of possession of hydromorphone as the result of entering pleas to the charges in mid-February. Another charge of conspiracy to rob was nolle prosequi in February.
Mannon is to appear in Pulaski County Circuit Court April 21 on one count of conspiracy to commit robbery and two counts each of robbery and distribution of hydromorphone.