Mandatory minimum given youth for robbery

When Antonio D. Robinson was 15, his parents divorced and his mother moved him and his siblings to Augusta. They were broke.


There was no food in the house that Dec. 18, 2015, and Robinson’s mother had no money to buy any, she told him. Robinson was no angel, defense attorney Tony Howard told the judge Wednesday, but what he did next he did to buy food for his family.

Around 9 p.m. that day, Robinson approached a man on a hoverboard in a Wrightsboro Road parking lot and pointed a BB gun at his face. It looked like a real gun to the victim, Assistant District Attorney Thomas Watkins said.

Robinson had already been arrested in 2013 for aggravated assault and in 2015 for theft in McDuffie County, Watkins said.

Howard said Robinson sold the hoverboard to a cousin and then went to McDonalds to buy food for his siblings. The next day he went to Kroger for Ramen noodles.

“I had to feed my family,” Robinson told Judge Daniel J. Craig.

Robinson pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to a charge of armed robbery. The prosecutor’s best offer was the minimum imprisonment period, 10 years. Parole is not an option.

Robinson will get credit for the past two years he has been held in a juvenile detention center. After he is released from prison in eight years, he will have an additional five years on probation.

There will be people to teach Robinson about options, Craig said. He must learn what options are available because there will be other hard times in the future, Craig said.

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