Three plead to Wendy's robbery charges in Oxford

OXFORD – Three people have pleaded guilty in the June robbery of an Oxford-area Wendy’s restaurant.
Originally charged with robbery with a deadly weapon, two of the three were allowed to plead to a charge of simple robbery Monday.
“They pretended to have a gun,” said District Attorney Ben Creekmore. Case law is not clear on whether such a crime would ultimately support the charge of armed robbery, he said.
The three were charged after stealing cash from the business on June 11.
All three will serve prison time, although each received a different sentence from Judge Andy Howorth. Ralston Jannice, 40, of 70-C County Road 181, Oxford, was sentenced to 12 years to serve, with three more suspended.
Mario Ruffin was given 10 years to serve on the charge, Creekmore said. Further details, including any additional probation time, were not available Tuesday.
Aaron Walker, 28, of 12 County Road 119, Abbeville, was allowed to plead guilty to conspiracy to commit simple robbery. His sentence included three years to serve, including one year in jail and two years’ house arrest.
Ruffin and Jannice “were more involved” than Walker in planning and executing the robbery, Creekmore said.
Lafayette County’s circuit court term began Monday and extends through Jan. 16.
Contact Errol Castens at (662) 281-1069 or errol.castens@djournal.com.

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