Jamerus Benford was sentenced Monday to serve 12 years in federal prison in connection with two armed robberies at Lee Highway businesses on consecutive days last August. His co-defendant, Antonio Wynn, last week got 32 years for the same holdups.
Prosecutor Chris Poole said Benford spoke to prosecutors first and wound up with the better deal.
The plea agreement also says that Wynn had a prior conviction that was a factor.
Both men brandished weapons in holdups at Quick Loans and Family Dollar. It was Benford who fired a weapon when a clerk at the Family Dollar was not filling a bag with money fast enough.
They were caught soon after the Family Dollar robbery and both gave confessions.
Wynn was 20 when he began serving his 32-year term.
Benford was 19 at the time of his arrest.