2 get prison time for Atlanta Bread Co. robbery

Two men have admitted to participating in the armed robbery of the Atlanta Bread Company at the Fayette Pavilion June 30, 2012.

Quentin Richard Weems, 30 of Spalding Trail, Atlanta and Jamel Ladee McAllister, 25, of Kirk Drive, College Park entered guilty pleas last month in connection with the incident.

McAllister, who was fingered by police as the gunman in the incident, was sentenced to 10 years in prison by Fayette County Superior Court Judge Christopher C. Edwards. As part of the negotiated plea, McAllister pled guilty to criminal attempt to commit armed robbery and felony burglary, but prosecutors dropped charges of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and driving with an altered license plate.

McAlister’s May 15 guilty plea was preceded the day before by the guilty plea from Weems, who pled guilty to burglary but had the other associated charges dropped by the Fayette County District Attorney’s office. Weems was sentenced to 15 years in prison, also by Judge Edwards.

Weems and McAllister were caught minutes after the crime was reported to 911 thanks to an alert deputy who pulled over a white 2003 Acura that matched the description of the getaway vehicle broadcast by a Fayetteville officer who got to the store within a minute of the emergency call, police said.

That vehicle, stopped on Ga. Highway 314 north near Ga. Highway 138, contained the silver handgun used in the robbery along with the mask and clothing the suspects wore at the time of the robbery, police said.

During the incident the Atlanta Bread employee was held at gunpoint as Weems and McAllister tried to get into the store safe, police said. They ultimately escaped without any money, police said.

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Another happy ending......ughhh

Although I share your support for local law enforcement I remain curious as why we have to "negotiate" a plea with the obviously guilty? I say "obviously" because the fact is they were willing to plea to a lesser charge. I would prefer to see the human sludge actually convicted of the crimes committed. After spending 25 years in a uniform I have repeatedly seen the negotiated pleas turn out a non-rehabilitated, hardened, bitter criminal who invariably returns to a life of crime. Don't think they don't know they can "negotiate" after putting off a trial for more than a year, all the while gulping down taxpayer dollars in the hundreds of man hours involved in preparing a case like this for trial. Most probably utilizing a defense attorney paid for by you and me, the criminal will never have to reimburse the taxpayer for his defense. And the victim(s) will never be the same after having a gun pointed in his/her face(s). I know and understand that non-violent criminals escape harsh punishment to make room for the violent criminals. However, at what point do we say that we should dismiss aggravated assault (the pointing of the gun at the victim) and using a gun in the commission of a felony just to save time in court? I think we should require that the (probably) court-appointed attorney defend his client in front of a jury of Fayette County citizens like me! Let Us decide if he did or did not commit aggravated assault. I'm retired now. I have the time.

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Gotta love a happy ending

I'm sure these two cowards/thugs will make some boyfriends while in the pokey. If the government were really interested in deterring crime, they would sentence these two miscreants to 10-15 years hard labor. One could dig the a hole, the other could fill it in. 12 hours a day, day in, day out.

Of course the bedwetters would call it inhumane. But sticking a loaded weapon in someone's face and demanding cash because you are too lazy or stupid to go out and get a real job is in humane too.

The punishment should fit the crime.

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Yet another happy ending

Another of lazy, cowardly piece of scum has been removed off of our streets thanks to a brave, law abiding citizen that excercised his constitutional right to defend him self.

Even better, we won't have to feed and clothe the worthless piece of trash.

Cops: Robber fatally shot in Little Five Points

The left wants to take away our constitutional rights to bear arms and protect ourselves. obama and his cronies don't care about the rule of law or the sanctity of life.

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Great!

My husband and I are regulars at the Fayette ABC - and this is great news! Thank you Fayette County law enforcement and those who helped to identify and capture these criminals. Note: They are not residents of Fayette County - not part of the 20% who live here and are tax-paying citizens.

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Gotta love a happy ending

I'm sure these two cowards/thugs will make some boyfriends while in the pokey. If the government were really interested in deterring crime, they would sentence these two miscreants to 10-15 years hard labor. One could dig the a hole, the other could fill it in. 12 hours a day, day in, day out.

Of course the bedwetters would call it inhumane. But sticking a loaded weapon in someone's face and demanding cash because you are too lazy or stupid to go out and get a real job is in humane too.

The punishment should fit the crime.