Charles L. Burnett pleads guilty to robbery

Man admits to breaking into Harlem home and tying up resident, pleads guilty

One of two men who robbed a Harlem resident, then led law enforcement officers on a chase into Richmond County, pleaded guilty Thursday.

Charles L. Burnett, 32, pleaded guilty in the Richmond and Columbia County Superior Court cases Thursday, admitting he committed armed robbery, burglary, false imprisonment, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, and reckless driving.

The night of Oct. 25, 2012, Burnett and Tremayne T. Whigham, 32, entered a Harlem residence through an unlocked back door, said Assistant District Attorney Titus Nichols. They tied up the resident and stole his wallet, keys, cellphone and his truck, Nichols said. While fleeing, Burnett crashed into a mailbox, and both suspects were arrested.

Judge J. Wade Padgett accepted the plea negotiation for a sentence of 10 years in prison followed by five years on probation.

Whigham has pleaded not guilty to charges in Columbia County.

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