A Warrrenville man who was convicted in a 2011 burglary and armed robbery in North Augusta pleaded guilty to the same incident this week after being granted a re-trial last year.
Tyler Lane Jones, 31, of Jerry Road, pleaded guilty to burglary, armed robbery and discharging a firearm into a dwelling. Circuit Court Judge Doyet “Jack” Early on Monday sentenced Jones to 10 years in prison for each of the charges for a combined 30 years, the final 10 of which will be served on probation.
The incident happened on April 17, 2011, at a home on Alta Vista Avenue in North Augusta, according to Deputy Solicitor David Miller. The home was that of an acquaintance, Brady Hill.
Miller said Jones fired a .40-caliber gun into the home, then went in to steal money and other valuables.
“Once inside, he confronted Hill and Hill’s girlfriend, and ultimately got away with about $350 of Brady Hill’s money,” Miller said.
According to previous reports, Jones was later found in a Columbia County hotel with the .40-caliber handgun.
Jones was tried and convicted for the crime in March 2012 and sentenced to 22 years in prison.
“The trial court granted him a new trial based on some after-discovered evidence,” Miller said, declining to comment further.
Jones was accused in several other armed robberies in the CSRA, including three in Aiken County and one in Augusta. Miller said the remaining charges in Aiken County against Jones were dismissed in exchange for his guilty plea; however, he still faces an armed robbery charge in Augusta.
Teddy Kulmala covers the crime and courts beat for the Aiken Standard and has been with the newspaper since August 2012. He is a native of Williston and majored in communication studies at Clemson University.