Macon – A Macon man who robbed another man at gunpoint in 2018 pleaded guilty to armed robbery Thursday just as jurors were beginning to file into the courtroom.
Riksh Montrice Smith, 18, was sentenced to 12 years. He must serve the first 10 years in prison without the possibility of parole.
If the case had gone to trial, prosecutor Ben Conkling would have presented evidence showing:
Smith was inside the SOLO gas station on Mercer University Drive at about 3:45 a.m. on Feb. 7, 2018, when he overheard a 24-year-old Macon man talking about wanting to buy marijuana. Smith offered to ride with the man in a car to a location to buy marijuana.
When the men arrived at their destination, no one answered the door. They returned to the car and headed to a second location. Along the way, Smith instructed the man to stop driving and robbed him at gunpoint of a cell phone and his wallet.
Smith threatened the victim that he’d shoot up the car if he tried to follow him as Smith walked away after the robbery.
Smith was identified through Bibb County deputies reviewing surveillance video from the gas station.
“Armed robbery is a dangerous crime. Mr. Smith gambled with his life and the victim’s when he pulled that gun. With this sentence, his luck has run out,” District Attorney David Cooke said after the hearing. “He’ll still be a young man when he’s released from prison and I hope he makes better choices.”
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