Two Raleigh men were sentenced to prison Thursday for robbing a jewelry store and a Food Lion.
Jerrod Andrew Elliott, 19, and Wayne Tyron Eason, 20, were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Louise W. Flanagan. Elliott was sentenced to nine years in prison followed by five years of probation. Eason was sentenced to 10 years in prison followed by five years of probation.
Both defendants pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting a conspiracy to commit robberies of a business in interstate commerce and to using and carrying a firearm during a federal crime of violence, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
On April 25, 2008, Elliott, armed with a firearm, and Eason, armed with a knife, robbed Friedman's Jewelers in Raleigh, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's office.
Then on May 9, Elliott, Eason, co-defendant Jason Small and another unnamed person robbed a Food Lion in Garner, according to the release.
Elliott brandished a gun, and the unnamed individual brandished a knife, while Small stood as lookout. Eason was the getaway driver, the release said.
A U.S. Attorney's spokeswoman said she could not comment on the unnamed person.
Eason and Small were arrested after they attempted to flee the scene.
Small pleaded guilty on April 7 and is awaiting sentencing.