Columbia man sentenced to 26 years in prison for robbery spree

Published: Aug. 28, 2015 at 7:51 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 7, 2015 at 7:51 PM EDT
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LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WIS) - A 22-year-old Columbia man was sentenced to 26 years in prison for robbing two Lexington County Waffle Houses and several other robberies last year.

Rashaud Jamel Lee was given 20 years for two armed robbery charges and first degree assault and battery, Solicitor Donnie Myers said.

He also received a consecutive sentence of 6 years for spitting on a jail officer while in jail.

Lee entered two Waffle Houses in Cayce and West Columbia on consecutive nights armed with a 45 caliber pistol demanding money from employees and ordering customers to stay seated, Myers said.

In the Cayce Waffle House, he shot into the ceiling to frighten those inside and shot at a cook who was brave enough to follow Lee outside so he could tell law enforcement the direction Lee fled.

"Lee is a dangerous and cold-hearted thief who armed himself, frightened innocent citizens and stole money from Lexington businesses," Myers said. "Prison is where he belongs."

Lee had prior convictions that included strong arm robbery and had just recently been released from the SC Department of Corrections several months before these crimes.

Lee told authorities that he had to rob these restaurants to get money for drugs and clothes.

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