A second suspect has pleaded guilty in connection with two armed robberies in the downtown Wilmington area in April.
Jamal Marcus Johnson, 21, of Whiteville, pleaded guilty Tuesday in New Hanover County Superior Court to two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, according to court records. Judge John Nobles sentenced him to a total of 102-147 months in the N.C. Department of Corrections.
Johnson was one of three suspects arrested in connection with two armed robberies that took place April 20-21, just hours apart. Johnson’s co-defendant in the case, 31-year-old Jonathan Jenrette, pleaded guilty to several felony charges related to the case last week and was also sentenced to 102-147 months in prison.
Wilmington police responded to 1222 S. Sixth St. just after 11:30 p.m. April 20, when a man reported he was robbed at gunpoint, according to police department spokeswoman Linda Rawley. The victim was walking home when he was approached by a man with a revolver near the corner of Kidder and Sixth streets. The victim’s iPod and phone were taken during the robbery.
Another man was robbed while in the 1400 block of South Third Street at about 1:20 a.m. April 21. The victim was sitting in his car when two men robbed him at gunpoint, Rawley said. The men told the victim to exit the car and took the victim’s wallet.
The perpetrators were not happy with the amount of money the victim had, so they forced the victim into his apartment, where they stole more than $300 in cash and his cellphone, according to Assistant District Attorney Dru Lewis, who spoke about the case during Jenrette’s plea.
Officers later found the suspects in a white four-door car at the America Best Value Inn on Market Street. Jenrette and Johnson along with 22-year-old Adrian Kiana Womble, another co-defendant in the case, were arrested and taken into custody. Lewis said police found a bag with a revolver inside in a wooded area close to the hotel.
Womble, of Mill Stream Drive in Whiteville, was charged with conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon. She is scheduled for an administrative session in New Hanover County Superior Court on Dec. 14.