By WECT Staff | December 18, 2019 at 4:14 PM EST – Updated December 19 at 5:38 AM
WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) – A Pender County man will spend a decade in prison after he was found guilty of robbing a Gordon Road gas station in January.
Yul Bannerman, 51, was convicted by a New Hanover County jury on Tuesday on charges of common law robbery and conspiracy to commit common law robbery. On Wednesday, he was sentenced as a habitual felon to ten and a half years in prison.
Prosecutors said Bannerman, who chose to represent himself, rejected a plea offer on several occasions that would have resulted in a shorter sentence.
On Jan. 29, 2019, Bannerman drove his co-defendant, James Randolph Williams, to the Circle K on Gordon Road around 1 a.m. Prosecutors said the pair had been smoking crack prior, were out of money, and decided to find a place to rob so they could purchase more drugs.
Bannerman parked around the corner while Williams walked into the store. When inside, Williams demanded money from the cash register while holding his hands in his pockets, acting like he had a weapon.
Williams managed to take $20 in cash and Bannerman drove the pair back to Pender County.
Detectives used nearby surveillance video that ultimately led to the capture of both men.
Back in May, Williams pleaded guilty to common law robbery and conspiracy to commit common law robbery. He was sentenced on Wednesday to 30-55 months in prison.
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