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Driver in armed robbery sentenced to two years in prison

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Amanda Reann Messer, 21, was sentenced today to two years in state prison, followed by four years of probation, after entering a plea of nolo contendere to charges of armed burglary and armed robbery. A charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor was dropped.

Messer was arrested on July 26 and accused of driving two juveniles to a residence in Archer and waiting in the car while one of them robbed the victim of cash and the keys to his vehicle by holding him at gunpoint. The juvenile then allegedly took the victim’s wallet from his truck, got back into Messer’s car, and fled the area.

The vehicle and tag were seen on a surveillance video at the robbery site, and the vehicle was later located in Newberry. A search of the vehicle reportedly found a ski mask, the victim’s wallet, a handgun, and cash in several denominations.

Judge James Colaw accepted Messer’s plea agreement, which included a stipulation that she be sentenced as a youthful offender. She was also ordered to pay $235 restitution to the victim.

16-year-old Anthony Ricchiuti has been charged as an adult in the same case.

  • She was 20 or 21 when the crime was committed and she works out a deal to be “sentenced as a youthful offender.” Does that mean she goes to a juvenile detention center where she can contribute to the delinquency of other minors or a women’s detention facility where she’ll be the new kid on the block?
    Whoever said, “criminals are stupid,” sure got that one right.

  • She won’t serve two years. She will get credit for time served if she waited in county jail she will get gain time. Gain time is 15 percent of their sentence. She should have gotten at least ten. years for. Her good looks got her a lenient sentence

    • definitely wasn’t no good looks involved lolol & she only was in there a day. so credit time she only got a day.

  • Seeing as how a firearm was used in the commission of a felony, even though she was not physically holding the gun, the 10/ 20/life rule should have applied to her.

  • I didn’t know she was only there for a day. I stand corrected. I was only guessing it was her looks because her sentence was so light. My uncle Richard got 15 years for being a lookout in an armed robbery in Alabama. In Alabama they show no mercy to criminals.

    • in her arrest report from july when it happened it stated she tried saying the juveniles set it up and that she didn’t know what was going to happen, but she was the driver, an she knew exactly what was going to happen because it said they talked about it before arrival lol. she just got lucky that’s all.

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