Augusta teen pleads guilty to four counts of robbery

An Augusta teenager who was only 14 years old when he joined a group of teens and ended up with a dozen armed robbery charges, pleaded guilty Friday to reduced charges.

Demarcus A. Taylor, now 16, pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to four counts of robbery for his role in four of the holdups that began in January 2013 and culminated in the holdup of several teens playing basketball on a city court.

Assistant District Attorney Hank Syms told the judge he believed the reduction in the number and severity of the charges was appropriate for Taylor’s limited role in the holdups.

Defense attorney Victor Hawk presented evidence that since Taylor’s arrest, he has gone from flunking out of school to earning top grades in his classes at the Youth Detention Center. He is cooperating and participating in programs that have changed his attitude, Hawk said.

Judge Sheryl B. Jolly sentenced Taylor to five years in prison followed by five years on probation.

Two others involved in the crime spree pleaded guilty last month. Zaqual Thomas, 18, pleaded guilty to one count robbery and was sentenced to four years in prison followed by two years on probation under the First Offender Act. Darrian Walker, 18, pleaded guilty to two counts armed robbery, two counts robbery and one weapons charge and was sentenced to 12 years in prison followed by eight years on probation.

Aaron Smith, 21, has pleaded not guilty to the charges. His case is pending.

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