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Robber sentenced in Camilla to 25 years

CAMILLA, Ga. -- A robber who held a store clerk at knifepoint was sentenced to serve 25 years in prison April 14 in Camilla, a South Georgia Judicial Circuit officials say.

Ricky Swan was sentenced for the armed robbery of Bettison's Grocery in Pelham by Chief Superior Judge A. Wallace Cato, said Joseph K. Mulholland, district attorney for the circuit.

Cato gave Swan 20 years on the armed robbery charges and five years for possession of a knife during the commission of a crime, with the sentences to be served consecutively, Mulholland said.

At the sentencing, Mulholland asked the court to sentence Swan to the maximum sentence possible because there had been a weapon involved, the DA's office said.

During the robbery last October, Swan placed a knife to the throat of store clerk Sue Bettison, Mulholland said.

"Well, I don't think it was enough for what he done," Bob Bettison, store owner said. "He held a knife to my daughter's throat."

During the robbery Mario Oliver and Willie Hopkins served as lookouts, Mulholland said. Those accomplices were previously sentenced to 10 years each with a minimum of three years to be served in prison, he added.

"We are very pleased with the sentence in this case," Mulholland said. "We want people to know that there will be zero tolerance for criminals who in these hard times rob and steal from hardworking people and businesses in the community."