A trio of armed robbers who went on a crime spree in Santa Rosa and Escambia counties was sentenced to prison this week.
D’Andre Jones, 20 years old on the date of sentencing, was sentenced to 15 years in state prison to be followed by 20 years of probation for carrying out two robberies.
According to a press release from the state’s attorney’s office, on Oct. 18, 2015, Jones entered the Circle K located on Cervantes Street in Pensacola at 4:45 a.m. wearing a mask and armed with a sledgehammer. He was accompanied by 18-year-old Ian Garland, also masked.
Jones ordered the clerk, who was working alone that morning, to open the cash registers. He emptied one register of its contents while Garland emptied the other register.
Jones helped himself to some cigarettes, and Garland grabbed $250 worth of scratch-off lottery tickets.
On Jan. 30, 2016, Jones entered the same Circle K at 1:08 a.m. He was masked and he wielded an 18-inch craftsman wrench as a weapon. This time he was accompanied by Ian Garland and 18-year-old Brendan McClendon.
Each robber focused on a separate victim inside the store.
Jones attempted to grab the purse of a customer and found himself in a fight as the customer decided to fight back by throwing her recently purchased 44-ounce cup of Diet Mountain Dew from the soda fountain on him and then engaging him through the use of her martial arts training. She kept control of his weapon hand and fought with him while the other two robbers focused on the store clerks.
McClendon confronted one clerk and grabbed all the money from the first cash register. Garland confronted the other clerk and grabbed all the money from the second cash register. The customer resisting Jones released her grasp and surrendered her purse when the other robbers yelled they were leaving.
Three hours later, McClendon attempted to rob the Circle K on Quintette Road in Santa Rosa County without success. Shortly thereafter, the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office pulled over the black pickup truck the defendants were riding in and placed the three under arrest.
Both Garland and McClendon were sentenced to 10 years in state prison to be followed by 20 years of probation each.
In addition to their current sentences, Garland and McClendon are awaiting sentencing in Santa Rosa County for the attempted robbery of the Circle K on Quintette Road as well as a home burglary. They will be sentenced in Santa Rosa County on Dec. 16.