One of four men charged with burglary in connection with dozens of stolen televisions and electronics being sold from a Martinez Mexican restaurant was sentenced to prison Thursday.
Superior Court Judge Michael Annis sentenced Gerald Andrew Moore, 20, of Augusta, to 20 years in prison followed by 20 years probation at a sentencing hearing in Columbia County.
He pled guilty to 11 counts from Richmond County and three from Columbia County and a count of criminal attempt to commit burglary in each county.
Moore is one of six men charged in the case, but only three were charged with burglary.
Darren Jayquan Moore, Deniro McKeal Wilson and Ronnie Boozer, all of Augusta, also face burglary charges in both counties.
Darren Moore and Wilson are expected to plead guilty and be sentenced in Richmond County next week, Assistant District Attorney John Markwalter said. Boozer remains in jail in another county.
Police say electronics stolen from homes in Columbia, Richmond and Jefferson counties were being sold out of Monterrey’s Mexican Restaurant in Martinez. During a search of the restaurant in late February, authorities recovered dozens of flat-screen televisions and laptop computers stolen from the homes.
The four accused burglars forced their way into homes where they believed no one was home. Residents were home in two of the cases.
In April, the former restaurant manager, Toribido Marquez, was indicted on one count of theft by receiving stolen property and employee Daniel Arroyo Lopez for criminal attempt to commit theft by receiving. Both have pled and been sentenced.