Pruitt Won't Tell Partner In Family Dollar Holdup; Gets Extra 2 Years In Federal Prison

Monday, January 13, 2014
Brian Jay Pruitt
Brian Jay Pruitt

A youth who was arrested a short time after the holdup of the Family Dollar on East Third Street on Sept. 26, 2012, will be serving an extra two years in federal prison because he declined to tell federal agents the name of the other person involved in the armed robbery.

Federal Judge Sandy Mattice sentenced Brian Jay Pruitt to nine years in federal prison. Pruitt, who was 19 at the time of his arrest, had been offered seven years if he had cooperated.

Judge Mattice said he did not know Pruitt's motivation for not telling, saying one reason might be that "he is afraid of getting killed."

In the incident, employees said two black males entered the store and pointed pistols toward them. Some $1,000 in cash was placed inside a yellow Family Dollar plastic bag and the pair ran out with the money.

Police quickly set up a perimeter near the store, including the use of K-9 dogs.

Pruitt, of Milne Street, was found hiding behind a house on Sharp Street. The bag of cash was on the ground beside him. A gray sweatshirt and a .45 caliber handgun were nearby.

The other robber got away and is still at large.

It was the first arrest for Pruitt, who had no offenses in Juvenile Court either.


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