Robber will testify against companions

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One of the men accused of taking part in a violent night of home invasions and homicide pleaded guilty Thursday.

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Robert L. Gardner, 39, admitted to his role in the events of Nov. 3, 2005, when he, his cousin and a friend decided they would rob someone. They ended up wounding one robbery victim and killing a bystander, the prosecutor said.

Mr. Gardner pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to kidnapping, being an armed felon, and two counts each of armed robbery and aggravated assault. Judge James G. Blanchard Jr. accepted a plea negotiation that called for 15 years in prison followed by 10 years on probation. The deal requires Mr. Gardner to testify truthfully against his companions.

On Thursday, Mr. Gardner, 39, told the judge he agreed to cooperate because he didn't want anyone hurt that night.

Assistant District Attorney Ashley Wright told the judge that Mr. Gardner and his two companions first robbed three people inside a James Drive home before moving over to Jefferson Drive.

The men were in front of their next target when Tyrone Ramsey, 43, and a friend just happened to walk by and noticed their presence.

Ms. Wright told the judge that Telly Gardner chased down Mr. Ramsey and shot him repeatedly, while Mr. Gardner and Danny W. Thomas committed the robbery inside the house. She said that during the home invasion, Mr. Thomas shot one victim, wounding him.

Reach Sandy Hodson at (706) 823-3226 or sandy.hodson@augustachronicle.com.

WHAT'S NEXT

Two other men charged in the November 2005 case, Telly Gardner, 31, and Danny W. Thomas, 30, have pleaded not guilty. Their trial is scheduled for Monday, although a postponement is likely.

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pofwe
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pofwe 08/03/07 - 05:48 am
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Mr. Gardner, 39, told the

Mr. Gardner, 39, told the judge, "he agreed to cooperate because he didn't want anyone hurt that night." What kind of logic for a defense is that? He is a murdering, thieving, thug who deserves no leniency for coping to a plea. All are dangerous & a threat to the public at large!!

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PeepThis 08/03/07 - 07:50 am
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pofwe, How can you call Mr.

pofwe, How can you call Mr. Robert Gardner a murdering, thieving thug? If you read the article correctly, you will see that he was not charged with murder. "Mr. Gardner pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to kidnapping, being an armed felon, and two counts each of armed robbery and aggravated assault."

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kudzunroses 08/03/07 - 09:19 am
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Ok so he is a 39 year old

Ok so he is a 39 year old theiving thug....my aren't the "thugs" getting older and older???

charles yonce
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charles yonce 08/03/07 - 10:13 am
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it seems like some laws need

it seems like some laws need amending here. the 3 [filtered word]scumbags "decided they would rob someone" automatically here what happens is the right hand knows what the left is doing.all 3 are now accomplices whether just one pulls the trigger or not.did r gardner,or thomas go to the police and tell them what t gardner did,of course not! you don't snitch in the black community,it's an honor thing you know! like,robbing for a living instead of working.

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rwyatt26 08/03/07 - 10:54 am
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Lock all their azzes up! Cut

Lock all their azzes up! Cut off of their hands if they rob or steal. What is a 39 year old man doing robbing people? He needs to get off of his hindparts and find a job!

intheknow
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intheknow 08/03/07 - 11:58 am
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POPKORN, are you saying that

POPKORN, are you saying that in the " Black Neighborhood " , they dont work, they just go out robbing everyone?

iam4him
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iam4him 08/03/07 - 11:59 am
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So popkorn do you assert that

So popkorn do you assert that in the black community it is an "honor to rob instead of work for a living"? Why are there so many racist generalizations made on this site when people respond to crimes committed by Blacks, those few do not represent the rest of us that do abide by societal expectations. No one responds in such a racist manner when crimes are commited by white persons.

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PlayaFace 08/03/07 - 12:36 pm
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i'm not defending popkorn at

i'm not defending popkorn at all but you have to admit that when it comes to robberys and shootings lately its always a picture of a black man beside the article. white folks are the crazy ones... when it comes to arson or 4 dead fetus' its a white person.

intheknow
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intheknow 08/03/07 - 12:49 pm
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no, i do not have to admit

no, i do not have to admit that. i do not have to read a paper, i respond to the calls. just because the picture is not in the paper, does not mean that only " blacks are killing or robbing. the serial robbers were white. did anyone say then, hey why are only" whites" going around robbing people?

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luckie 08/03/07 - 12:56 pm
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People keep putting race as

People keep putting race as an issue. The reason the blacks are highlighted is because of the Augusta demographics. How many black section 8 homes are there? How many black government housing asssisted living projects are there. I am white and if I needed assistance do you think I would live in underwood, cherry tree crossing, gilbert manor, allen homes, etc. By the way, someone please tell me of one government assisted or low income housing in Augusta that has at least a 30% population of whites. This is not racially intended it is just the facts for the way of life in augusta. These people are living more comfortably by not working. Kids even get free meals at school. CLOSE some of these projects down and maybe many will move north!!!!

intheknow
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intheknow 08/03/07 - 01:44 pm
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So, does that mean that 70%

So, does that mean that 70% of whites have jobs? Amazing, I never heard that. Man some people just got to go there. Try this on for size TECH. Because there are more " Whites " in this country, the simple MATH will tell you that it is a safe bet, that MORE " Whites " receive some type of assistance from the government. You can play the percentage game all you wish. It cost more to feed 1000, than to feed 100. But if you need the percentage game in order to feel better about yourself, then whatever floats your boat.

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luckie 08/03/07 - 02:47 pm
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inthe know- I am not talking

inthe know- I am not talking about society as a whole. If you read my post, I am talking about Augusta. Augusta is not a large city and when you look at the demographics - that is the reason why there is so much publicity amongst blacks. When I said 30% that was just an estimated guess. Could you answer the question? I am serious. I do not know of one housing project that is white. This is where the incidents are occurring and this is where people are watching but keeping their mouths closed. Augusta would do better if they decreased the number of people on assistance and made single parent and boyfriends go out and work to pay for rent. Assistance should be more catered to the elderly that have more difficult doing particular jobs.

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MyOpinion1 08/03/07 - 03:11 pm
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Peepthis, he is a murdering,

Peepthis, he is a murdering, thieving thug. He stole something didn't he. He was with someone that killed an innocent man. In my book, that is a murdering, thieving thug.

rwyatt26
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rwyatt26 08/03/07 - 03:15 pm
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Throw em' in the pokey and

Throw em' in the pokey and destroy the key!

MyOpinion1
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MyOpinion1 08/03/07 - 03:17 pm
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HALLIEGRANT, now that is not

HALLIEGRANT, now that is not true. Whites are committing robberies too. What about the two drug addicted white men that went own a spree of robberies. And they wasn't afraid of being caught either, because they did not try to hide their identity. When it comes to committing crimes, color is not the issue. Black or white, blue or purple doesn't matter. Halliegrant and popkorn you need jesus.

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061207 08/03/07 - 04:15 pm
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can't we all just get

can't we all just get along
black---white-----all races do bad and illegal things

PlayaFace
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PlayaFace 08/03/07 - 06:55 pm
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tech: there is one on old

tech: there is one on old evans road where i have actually seen a lot of white people... i dont remember the name of it though..........MYOPINION: my post was a joke.. have a sense of humor... and on top of that. i hate to inform you but not everyone believes in jesus buddy.... i'm glad your religious but it has never helped me to believe in the non-existent. sorry.

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