Men indicted for robberies

ALBANY, Ga. — Two men accused in multi-county convenience store armed robberies now face trial in Dougherty County.

“These men terrorized convenience stores throughout the Southwest Georgia area,” said Greg Edwards, Dougherty Judicial Circuit district attorney. “They robbed convenience stores in Douglas, Waycross, as well as four in Albany.”

The Dougherty County Grand Jury indicted Quinorris “Quinn” Lavonte Brockington and Melvin G. Johnson on various charges, including armed robbery, aggravated assault and firearm possession on Wednesday.

According to the indictments, the men are accused of holding up three convenience stores and a liquor store. At the Liberty Food Mart on the 2200 block of East Oglethorpe Boulevard, the clerk was struck with a handgun.

Both men are charged with several counts of possession of a gun during a felony. Brockington is also charged with four counts of possession of a gun by a felon.

Edwards said he expects the third man who authorities say took part in the robbery spree, Deandre Fairley, to give state’s evidence as part of a plea bargain he made. He is awaiting sentencing, Edwards said.

In other action, the Grand Jury indicted a man for assault on a police officer and a couple on multiple drug possession charges.

Samuel Wright (aka Samuel Williams) was indicted for aggravated assault on a police officer when authorities say he struck a police officer with a motor vehicle. He also faces fleeing from an officer charges and motor vehicle violations, the indictment stated.

A notice of intent to seek recidivist punishment was filed by Edwards based on Wright’s previous conviction for possession of cocaine in 2005.

The grand jury also indicted Alysia Denise Allen and Willie James Allen with 20 drug law violations, including possession of cocaine, hydrocodone, alprazolam, zolpidem, marijuana and other dangerous drugs with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of the Dennis Homes Housing Project.

Edwards said, “They were running their own drug store.”