A South Carolina man who robbed two Augusta businesses was sentenced Thursday to serve nearly 42 years in prison.
Robbie Lee Mouzon, 56, rejected a plea offer that would have limited his prison term to half of that. He was tried and convicted in April in U.S. District Court. Federal prison sentences are served without the possibility of parole.
Defense attorney Kenneth Crowder asked the judge to consider a minimum sentence, noting the harsh penalty Mouzon faced and his age. A sentence of 384 months, the minimum, gave him a chance of living to the day when he could walk out of prison.
But Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy Clark asked Chief Judge J. Randal Hall to impose a sentence within the federal sentencing guideline range of 110 to 137 months consecutive to the 384 months mandatory consecutive sentences for brandishing a firearm during the Nov. 7, 2012, robberies of the Speedee Cash on Gordon Highway and the Jeweler’s Bench on Jackson Road.
The guideline range Mouzon faced didn’t reflect his full criminal history, Clark said. He noted Mouzon had 19 convictions, 13 of which were for burglary or theft. The only time Mouzon wasn’t robbing or stealing was when he was incarcerated, Clark said.
Hall imposed a sentence of 500 months in prison followed by five years on supervised release. Mouzon must pay $420 in restitution, and a $700 special assessment.
Mouzon’s partner in the robberies, Saul E. Saylors, pleaded guilty and testified against Mouzon. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison.
At the time of the Augusta robberies, Saylors and Mouzon were suspects in robberies in North Augusta, Columbia, Lexington, Irmo and Kershaw County in South Carolina.
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