A former high school football player pleaded guilty to strong-arm robbery on Friday.
Orangeburg Department of Public Safety investigators originally charged Timothy Albert Jenkins, 17, of 920 Wood Street, with armed robbery in the Aug. 8, 2017 incident.
At the request of the victim’s family, Jenkins pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of strong-arm robbery before Circuit Judge Ed Dickson.
Dickson sentenced him under the Youthful Offender Act not to exceed five years in prison.
He gave Jenkins credit for having already served 198 days at the Department of Juvenile Justice and the Orangeburg County Detention Center.
He also ordered Jenkins to pay $50 back to the victim.
Assistant Solicitor Tommy Scott told the court that the victim, a 17-year-old, had dropped off some friends at the Orangeburg City Gym around 2 p.m.
After he dropped them off, Jenkins and a young juvenile approached the victim and asked for a ride to St. Paul Apartments.
The victim had a $50 bill and some crackers in a cup holder.
At one point, Jenkins asked the victim, “Can I have some crackers?”
The victim said, “Sure.”
Jenkins then asked, “Can I have the $50 bill?” Scott said.
The victim told him he couldn’t have it.
At that point, Jenkins pulled out a handgun and said, “Let me get the $50 bill,” Scott said.
The victim stopped the vehicle and Jenkins and the young juvenile exited and fled to St. Paul Apartments.
The victim drove to Bojangles on Chestnut Street where he called police.
When police interviewed the victim, he identified the person who robbed him as “T.J.”
He also showed police Jenkins’ Facebook profile photo.
“In fact, the profile picture the defendant had on Facebook, he was wearing the same Cincinnati Reds jersey that he was wearing during the robbery,” Scott said.
Scott said it was learned a little later that the victim and Jenkins are related to each other.
Public defender James Adams represented Jenkins.
Adams told the court that Jenkins never had a job and has “always been taken care of by his parents.”
“I’ve gone over with Mr. Jenkins several times just how stupid of a decision it was that he made,” Adams told the court.
“He was the quarterback of the football team, he’s going places and he decided to pull a gun,” Adams said.
Adams said Jenkins told him his goals moments earlier.
“He just told me that he want to get this behind him and take responsibility for his stupid actions, get a job, get his GED and stay off the streets,” Adams said.