By Patrick Yost
An Eatonton man pled guilty to the February 9, 2016 armed robbery attempt of a Rutledge convenience store in Morgan County Superior Court.
Andrew Tyler Pritchard, 29, was sentenced to 20 years with seven years to serve in confinement and the remainder to be served on probation. Pritchard pled guilty to one count aggravated assault and one count armed robbery before Ocmulgee Judicial District Superior Court Judge William Prior, Jr. Prior also sentenced Prichard to pay a $1,000 fine.
Pritchard was arrested by both Morgan County Sheriff’s Office and Madison Police Department officers on Interstate 20 after he fled from the Golden Pond Convenience Store, Newborn Highway, Rutledge after the botched robbery attempt.
Court documents and video surveillance of the robbery attempt showed Pritchard entering the store with a rifle sometime around 9 p.m. He tossed a white plastic bag onto the counter and demanded money.
Store owner Abbas Ahmed Fallah, 50, however, confronted the robber. “I said, ‘Are you joking, or what?”
A clerk then entered the store and Pritchard cursed at the woman forced her into the store at gun point. Fallah then reached over the counter and grabbed Pritchard’s hand. “I cussed him out,” he said. “I said, ‘I’ll shoot you.’ “Pritchard then jerked the rifle out of Fallah’s grasp and fled the store. He was arrested by several officers after the 2000 Ford Expedition he was driving was stopped on Interstate 20.