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SC Man Receives 30 Years For Botched Holdup

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File photo of a Waffle House restaurant.  (credit: Dominic Bugatto/Getty Images)

File photo of a Waffle House restaurant. (credit: Dominic Bugatto/Getty Images)

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — A Spartanburg man received a 30-year sentence for a botched robbery at a local Waffle House that ended when an armed customer killed a second suspect.

Spartanburg County’s chief prosecutor said Thursday a jury convicted 30-year-old Kenneth Craig of two counts of armed robbery, 11 counts of attempted armed robbery and weapons charges for the hold-up early on Jan. 21, 2012.

Solicitor Barry Barnette says Craig and 19-year-old Dante Williams entered wearing masks and took customers’ cell phones, wallets, and credit cards at gunpoint. Williams was shot by a customer who was legally carrying a concealed handgun. Craig fled on foot and was arrested the next night.

Craig testified at trial that he only drove Williams and another person to the business, and then drove the alleged third person away.

Jurors watched video of the robbery and shooting captured by store surveillance. The customer with the concealed weapon permit testified at trial that he fired when he felt threatened by the approaching robber.

Craig must serve 80 percent of his sentence before he’s eligible for release. His prior criminal record includes convictions for possession of crack cocaine, possession of a stolen vehicle, unlawful possession of a sawed-off shotgun, and a California conviction for an armed assault causing great bodily injury.

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