A 28-year-old Ridgeland man was sentenced Thursday to 15 years in prison for robbing a Bluffton convenience store in 2010.
A jury convicted Philenza Pritchett of armed robbery, kidnapping, criminal conspiracy, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, and unlawful carrying of a pistol.
He and Brandon Rolt, 23, of Bluffton held up the Kangaroo Express on U.S. 278 on April 1, 2010, stealing about $200 and cartons of cigarettes and cigars before forcing a female employee into a bathroom, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.
Pritchett must serve 85 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for early release, according to the 14th Circuit Solicitor's Office.
The same night as the incident, Rolt also robbed the Walgreens in Bluffton, according to the Sheriff's Office. He pleaded guilty in August 2010 and was sentenced to 13 years, according to court records.