Being present in the getaway car the night two restaurants were robbed in Fairlawn resulted in a prison sentence for a Pulaski man Thursday.
Pulaski County Commonwealth’s Attorney Mike Fleenor said Anthony Curtis Mannon, 48, was convicted of two counts of conspiracy to commit robbery in the Oct. 30 incidents at Troy’s Pizza and King Buffet. In an unrelated case, Mannon also pleaded guilty to a charge of distribution of a schedule II drug.
Fleenor said Mannon received a total sentence of 20 years on all three convictions, with all but seven years, six months suspended. Mannon will be placed on five years probation upon release from prison.
According to the prosecutor, Mannon’s sentence was lower than that of his co-defendant, Ernest Logan Draper, because Mannon waited in the car while the then-18-year-old Draper committed the robberies. Draper recently received a 36-year sentence, with 17 years to serve, on the two Fairlawn robberies and a robbery at Guida’s Market in Pulaski.
Only Draper and Angela Marie Smith were involved in the Guida’s robbery that same weekend, Fleenor said.
Due to an error on Virginia’s Judicial System Web site, Draper’s active prison sentence earlier was reported as 14 years.
Smith, 26, has already been convicted of conspiracy to commit robbery, robbery and possession of a schedule II drug, according to Fleenor. She will be sentenced May 5.
All three defendants were arrested just days after robbing the two 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 one another just after 9 p.m. that evening. In both cases, a white male entered the restaurant displaying a firearm and demanded money, and then fled on foot.