Assistant District Attorney Falin Syms said John Edwin Hawes, 25, slipped into the Sonic on Peach Orchard Road on Jan. 2, 2011 through a door that was normally locked to the public. Hawes, who had a bandana on his face, pointed a gun at the three cashiers counting their cash drawers and demanded the money, Syms said.
One of the “victims” was Hawes’ girlfriend, Ebony Ferrell, who later admitted to hatching the plan with Hawes and unlocking the door, Syms said.
Syms said sheriff’s investigators searched Hawes’ grandmother’s house three weeks later and found one of the money bags from the Sonic robbery and a pistol under a couch cushion.
Hawes was charged with two counts of armed robbery and two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. Ferrell is charged with the same, but her case has not been resolved.
Hawes pleaded guilty Monday to one count of armed robbery. The 10-year sentence delivered by Superior Court Judge Carl Brown will be followed by five years probation.