Timothy Wright, 21, had pleaded not guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to armed robbery and other charges that could have meant at least a decade in prison without the possibility of parole to as much as life behind bars.
After a jury deadlocked 6-6, Mr. Wright made his decision to plead guilty to robbery for the April 2006 holdup at the Burger King on Gordon Highway.
Mr. Wright, then a junior at Lucy C. Laney High School, was working at the Burger King that night when two classmates — Johnny Overstreet and Kenneth Walker — robbed the restaurant.
Mr. Overstreet is serving life in prison. Mr. Walker is serving a 20-year prison sentence to be followed by 15 years on probation.