Robbers get 20 years in prison

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When they ran out of beer money William N. Dalzell and Julian F. Durden thought robbery would be the answer. Shooting at pursuing police officers eventually became part of the escape attempt after the November robbery.

On Friday in Richmond County Superior Court, Mr. Dalzell, 23, and Mr. Durden, 21, pleaded guilty to two counts armed robbery, four counts aggravated assault on a police officer, and a single count each of fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer and interference with government property.

Judge Sheryl B. Jolly accepted the plea negotiation and sentenced each to 20 years in prison followed by 10 years on probation.

Assistant District Attorney Al Corey said the caper began the evening of Nov. 1 when the pair ran out of money and still wanted beer.

They decided to rob a Golden Pantry in south Augusta. Mr. Dalzell and Mr. Durden got $80 during the armed robbery.

For the second robbery, they ended up at the Huddle House in Waynesboro. Leaving town with $95 more, they saw a police car in pursuit. Mr. Dalzell fired at the officer as Mr. Durden drove, Mr. Corey said.

On Georgia Highway 56, Richmond County sheriff's deputies joined the chase and Mr. Dalzell fired at them also, Mr. Corey said.

No officer was injured, but the gunshots caused about $2,000 in damage.

Mr. Durden evaded the officers but crashed his truck in a ditch.

The pair fled to Alabama, breaking into one house and stealing cars along the way. They returned to Augusta and dumped their last vehicle at the Lock and Dam. They turned themselves in Nov. 5.

Defense attorneys Michael G. Garrett and Travers Chance were at a loss to explain their clients' actions.

They suspected alcohol was a major contributing factor.

Neither Mr. Durden nor Mr. Dalzell had an answer, only apologies.

"I wished it had never happened," Mr. Durden said.

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

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andywarhol
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andywarhol 05/02/09 - 10:30 am
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Wow 20 years? You can rape

Wow 20 years? You can rape and molest children, ruining their lives and do less than a quarter of that.

justus4
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justus4 05/02/09 - 11:27 am
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What are the race of these
Unpublished

What are the race of these individuals? With that answer, anyone can predict the extreme sentence associated with their acts. Where are the stats on such sentences? Why are they hidden? Well sadly, those answers are already known to many and nothing is addressed. Great country, eh?

mdb67
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mdb67 05/02/09 - 12:37 pm
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Who cares what the race

Who cares what the race is...two more thugs off the street!!

Ole School
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Ole School 05/02/09 - 01:39 pm
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THERE YOU GO MDB67 who cares

THERE YOU GO MDB67 who cares ..//... two less criminals on the street to worry about.

mieshel
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mieshel 05/02/09 - 07:18 pm
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I agree with you andy,,,

I agree with you andy,,,

rebelboys88@yahoo.com
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rebelboys88@yahoo.com 05/04/09 - 01:10 am
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that is my boy and he is

that is my boy and he is white and he is good but he was drinking that night and and he shoud not get at muth time and justus4 you are racist

mieshel
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mieshel 05/04/09 - 01:30 am
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how many budweisers did it

how many budweisers did it take before they started acting a fool?

HYPOCRITES 08
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HYPOCRITES 08 05/04/09 - 08:19 am
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When they fled to Alabama, I

When they fled to Alabama, I had enough information and needed no race mentioned. lol Seriously JUST4 give it a rest.

jillpeterson
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jillpeterson 05/04/09 - 12:22 pm
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armed robbery and shooting at

armed robbery and shooting at cops is pretty bad, you guys. i can have sympathy for one crazy night because you're young and you got drunk, but that's some extreme naughtiness. it is sad though to have the feeling that they're going into jail a lot more regretful and more likely to be good hereafter than i imagine them to be coming out in twenty or however many years.

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april65 05/05/09 - 06:34 pm
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They started drinking first

They started drinking first thing that morning. Dalzell is a good man. Alcohol is for fools.

lex194st
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lex194st 05/06/09 - 05:29 pm
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i know julian durden it was

i know julian durden it was for a short period of time but we sat down and spoke he is a kool kidd, good head on his shoulder he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time i dont condon what he did but speaking to him one on one it was a dum choice he did but giving him 20 years that not fair there is people out there that do worst things and get less time my prayers and respect goes to him and his family any of his family members please contact me via email i would lie to know how hes doing lex94st@comcast.net

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