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Motel, fast-food robber found guilty

ALBANY, Ga. — As a three-time felon, a man found guilty of 10 charges Friday now faces life in prison without the chance of parole, Chief Assistant District Attorney Matt Breedon said.

A jury took about an hour to convict Christian Kline McCargo, who turns 31 on Sunday, of two counts armed robbery, burglary, theft by taking and intimidation and two counts of witness tampering.

Chief Superior Court Judge Willie Lockette said, "I'll set a sentencing hearing at the jail facility in a few days." A few minutes later, he thanked the jury as being "the most important part of the legal system" for its week of service.

Albany Police Department officers arrested McCargo on July 22, 2011, about 20 minutes after he held up a Sleep Inn on the 1500 block of Dawson Road. According to the indictment, McCargo demanded cash from the clerk by saying "We can do this the easy way or the hard way."

The jury found McCargo guilty of a string of crimes leading up to his arrest. Two days earlier McCargo broke into the same motel and stole a laptop computer worth more than $500.

Before breaking into the motel the indictments stated that McCargo used a knife to hold up clerks on July 7, 2011, at a Sonic restaurant.

According to prosecutors, McCargo didn't stop his crimes after he was arrested. McCargo tried to influence witnesses against him as late as Aug. 31, 2012. The indictment said that McCargo wrote a letter to one witness and offered money to another witness.