A Gainesville man received a life prison sentence after pleading guilty to taking nearly $10,000 and firing his gun three times in a Gainesville armed robbery, according to authorities.
Eric Kawan Newsome, 38, was given the sentence for an Oct. 7 armed robbery at the Quik Serve on Athens Street.
Newsome’s attorney declined to comment.
According to authorities, Newsome fired his gun in the air at the convenience store, telling the store’s owner that he “wasn’t playing.”
The store owner fell to the ground when the gun fired again into the floor near her.
“The victim was so nervous she couldn’t get the cash register to open,” Northeastern Judicial Circuit Lee Darragh wrote in an email. “(Newsome) fired a third shot which went through a wall.”
Newsome then reportedly received a bag of cash with roughly $10,000 inside. Police said the store had the large sum because it is a cash-checking business.
“Even though (Newsome) had his face partially covered, the victim recognized him as an individual who would cash his Fieldale Farms checks at the store up until six months prior to the incident,” Darragh wrote.
Darragh said the sentence for the guilty plea was life in prison for the armed robbery and five years probation for the possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
Newsome will be eligible for parole after serving 30 years or more of his sentence.