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20-year sentence for guilty plea in Dollar General armed robbery
1101 Jermaine Lanier
Jermaine Lanier

One of two men arrested for the 2013 armed robbery of a store has received his sentence for his role in the crime.

Jermaine Lanier pled guilty in Effingham County Superior Court on Sept. 30 and received 10 years in prison, with credit for time served since Oct. 29, 2013. Lanier could have received from 20 years to life plus 105 years if convicted on all counts. He pled guilty to two counts of armed robbery, with the sentences to be served concurrently.

Two counts of kidnapping, four counts of aggravated assault, two counts of theft, two counts of false imprisonment, two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and one count of possession of a firearm during commission of a felony were not prosecuted.

Lanier was arrested for the armed robbery of the Highway 30 Dollar General store. He was indicted by an Effingham County grand jury on Jan. 20, 2014. He was convicted previously in Chatham County for a 2008 aggravated assault.

According to Effingham County Sheriff’s Office investigators, Wallace and Lanier went into the store armed with handguns and forced the employees and customers into a back room after ordering the clerk to empty the cash register.

Wallace was arrested three weeks later, after he and a teenager were in a Mercedes that was believed to have been carjacked in Savannah saw a Georgia State Patrol car with its blue lights on along McCall Road near Blue Jay Road. Wallace fled into the nearby woods but was apprehended within 30 minutes by deputies.

Wallace faces charges in two cases, including one count of armed robbery, one count of attempted armed robbery, six counts of aggravated assault and two counts of robbery combined.