Aiken man sentenced to 18 years in robbery

AIKEN --- An Aiken man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for robbing a convenience store, assaulting an employee with a tree limb and fleeing on a lawn mower.

Rickey New, 46, was found guilty by a jury on charges of armed robbery and assault and battery.

Authorities said New robbed the Kent's Korner store of about $300 and hit an employee with a tree limb that he carried into the store after he demanded money. New was found about a mile away from the store.

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