Man guilty in armed robberies
LaGRANGE — A man accused of robbing three people at gunpoint by tricking them into meeting him to buy cellphones pleaded guilty Wednesday afternoon in a Troup County Superior Courtroom.
Jadarious Dyquan Dozier, of LaGrange, pleaded guilty on two separate cases.
In the first case Dozier was a co-defendant with three other suspects. He was charged with armed robbery and robbery by sudden snatch. In the second case, Dozier was charged with two counts of armed robbery and two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
In February of 2015, the victim told LaGrange police she took her sons to purchase cellphones at the Laurel Ridge Apartments at 101 Laurel Ridge Ave.
Her sons made contact with Dozier through a website, but when they arrived they noticed he did not match the picture posted on the Internet page, stated Senior Assistant District Attorney Melissa Himes.
When the two men met with Dozier in the breezeway of one the apartment buildings, he pulled a gun on them and demanded they give him their money, Himes said.
She also told presiding Superior Court Judge Travis Sakrison that Dozier later confessed to detectives to committing the crime.
In the second incident, committed shortly after the Laurel Ridge armed robbery, the victim made contact with Dozier through a Facebook sales page and arranged to purchase cellphones at the apartments located at 1600 Meadow Terrace, stated Himes.
The victim pulled up and saw Dozier, but as she approached him, one of the co-defendants in the case, Polaris Rakaryia Shells, allegedly put a gun to her head and stole her money, Himes said.
The woman attempted to take a picture of the suspects as they took off with her cellphone, but Shells and Dozier then snatched the device from her hand, the state told the court. The victim and another witness saw the suspects get into a gold Nissan, which helped investigators track down all the suspects involved in the incident.
The state recommended a sentence of 20 to serve 10 years on all the three counts of armed robbery and robbery by sudden snatch in both cases. They agreed to drop the two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, with the understanding that Dozier would testify against his co-defendants in that case if it goes to trial.
Sakrison followed the state’s recommendation and sentenced Dozier to 20 years to serve 10 years in jail for all four charges against him. Each sentence is concurrent, which means he will serve them simultaneously. The rest of his time will be spent on probation.
Sakrison also ordered Dozier to pay $380 in restitution to the victims.