A Hephzibah dummy who dropped his wallet while fleeing a violent convenience store robbery in 2020 will spend his life in prison after a jury trial this week.
Isaiah Williams, 33, was sentenced to life imprisonment for robbing the Texaco on Windsor Spring Road and beating the clerk in the head with a pistol.
“It only took Violent Crimes ADA Keagan Waystack a day and a half to prove her case against Isaiah Williams, and a Richmond County Jury delivered swift justice. It came down to a violent robber, a quick-witted hero, and a dropped wallet,” District Attorney Jared Williams said in a press release.
Several witnesses were in the store, and one particularly clever witness took heroic action.
“Ensuring justice, he parked his car at the front door of the store, blocking the robber’s exit. The robber had to violently kick the door down to try and escape, and in the process his wallet fell out of his pocket. That wallet led to his identification and quick arrest,” Jared Williams said in a press release.
The robber made away with $3,357, but the I.D. in his own wallet got him a life sentence.
Deputies used the ID inside to track down Williams at his home. At the home, deputies found a bag of cash as well as the clothing worn in the robbery as seen on the surveillance camera footage at the convenience store.
“The community is tired of violent crime, and the DA’s Violent Crimes Unit never tires of winning justice for victims and protecting our community. We are humbled and inspired by the bravery of this ordinary citizen whose sharp mind and courageous heart made all of us safer tonight,” Jared Williams said.
Original story from the print edition of The Jail Report: