TALLADEGA COUNTY -- A Chicago man pleaded guilty on information Tuesday to robbery in the second degree of the Subway Restaurant on Battle Street in Talladega in April 2016.
Quincy Bernard Miller Jr., 24, was sentenced to 116 months in prison, split, with 16 months to serve and two years probation by Circuit Judge Bo Hollingsworth. Miller had been indicted on a charge of robbery in the first degree but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge.
Miller will also be credited for the 590 days he spent in the Talladega County Metro Jail pending trial.
A plea on information is entered before a defendant has been indicted by a grand jury.
Miller and Eli Haynes III, 26, of Darien, Illinois, were described as former Talladega College students when they and a third suspect robbed the Subway on April 1, 2016, at around 8 p.m. According to reports published at the time, one of the three suspects stayed outside, while the other two entered the store and one pointed a gun at the cashier. The two inside suspects then grabbed the cash register and ran out a back door; the gun discharged once as they were running away, although no one was hit.
According to Talladega County District Attorney Steve Giddens, one of the things that led to Miller’s arrest was a cellphone that was stolen during the robbery. The phone began changing hands almost immediately after the robbery, ending up in the hands of someone who ended up back at the Subway restaurant, Giddens said. The robbery was also captured on video, and Miller and Haynes were identified from that also, according to reports published at the time.
Miller was arrested by U.S. Marshals back home in Chicago about a month after the robbery. It was not clear Wednesday if Haynes had ever been captured or if the third suspect had ever been identified.
Also in court this week, Hollingsworth:
- Continued the case against Audrey Allen Garrett, 63, who is charged with theft of property in the first degree;
- Sentenced Courtney Funderburg, 28, to 90 months in prison for burglary in the second degree. Giddens said that, when asked about a trade or profession, Funderburg told the court he had never held a legitimate job;
- Sentenced Tamera Leanne Waites, 38, to concurrent 39-month prison sentences, suspended, two years probation for two counts of possession of a controlled substance. A charge of possession of marijuana in the second degree was dismissed;
- Sentenced Paul O’Neal Smith, 37, to 23 months, suspended, two years probation for breaking into and entering a motor vehicle;
- Sentenced Stanley Eugene Wilkerson, 43, to five years, reverse split, two years probation and 18 months to serve, for violating the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act;
- Continued the case against Garrick Demetrice Clopton, 39, who is charged with two counts of distribution of a controlled substance. Clopton was scheduled to plead guilty Tuesday but withdrew his plea notice at the last minute and asked for a trial, Giddens said;
- Sentenced Shane Stephen Crocker, 39, to concurrent 88-month sentences for manufacture of a controlled substance in the second degree and possession of a controlled substance. Crocker was indicted on a charge of manufacture in the first degree but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge;
- Sentenced Curtis Swain Jr., 37, to 23 months, suspended, two years probation for possession of a controlled substance. A charge of possession of drug paraphernalia was dismissed;
- Revoked the bond of Joey Wayne Hollis, 35, after he tested positive for cocaine. Hollis was scheduled to plead guilty to a charge of domestic violence assault in the third degree but withdrew his intent and asked for a jury trial, Giddens said;
- Sentenced Scott William McCook, 29, to 71 months in prison for theft of property in the first degree;
- Sentenced Christopher Earl Hill, 38, to 39 months, suspended, two years probation, for possession of a controlled substance. A count of possession of drug paraphernalia was dismissed;
- Sentenced Gregory Scott Cathey, 41, to 42 months in prison for burglary in the third degree;
- Accepted a plea on information from Frank Murray White Jr., 57, to possession of a controlled substance, heroin, and sentenced him to 23 months, suspended, two years probation pending an evaluation. A second possession charge and a drug paraphernalia charge were dismissed; and
- Accepted a plea on information from Terry M. Baker, 22, to robbery in the third degree, and sentenced him to 37 months in prison.