Man wearing Scream mask in Family Dollar armed robbery gets 20 years

Macon Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office

MACON, Ga. -- The man accused of robbing a Macon Family Dollar with a gun in September 2016 pleaded guilty Tuesday in Bibb County Court.

Jerome Nelson, 27, was sentenced to 20 years in prison -- the first 10 without parole.

Nelson was charged with armed robbery of the Family Dollar on Pio Nono Ave.

If the case had gone to trial, prosecutors would have presented evidence showing:

  • Nelson entered the store – not wearing a mask – at about 10:45 a.m. After walking down an aisle, he put on a mask similar to the one from the movie “Scream.”
  • Nelson then demanded money from the clerk working at the cash register, holding a pistol in each hand. He jumped over the counter during the robbery, still holding the clerk at gunpoint.
  • Once the cash register was open, Nelson put his guns down on the counter, grabbed the cash and ran out of the store. He left his guns -- later determined to be BB guns -- behind.
  • Customers chased Nelson outside and spotted him getting into a car. They gave the car’s tag number to Bibb County deputies who traced the car to Nelson’s then-girlfriend. She confirmed Nelson had used the car to drop her off at work about an hour before the robbery.
  • DNA found on the BB guns matched Nelson.

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