Armed robber gunned down by Iraq war veteran gets 35 years

Antwan McMillan and David Jakes
Antwan McMillan and David Jakes

WALTERBORO, SC (WCSC) - Two men who tried to rob an Iraq war veteran and were subsequently shot at by the army specialist were sentenced Thursday evening.

Judge Perry M. Buckner sentenced 20-year-old David Jakes to 35 years in prison and 22-year-old Antwan McMillan to 30 years.

Jurors found McMillan and Jakes guilty of three counts of attempted armed robbery, possession of a weapon during commission of a violent crime and three counts of first-degree assault and battery.

On June 3, 2010, an Army specialist, his wife and mother-in-law were traveling in two vehicles south on Interstate 95 when one of the vehicles towing a trailer had mechanical problems. As the veteran freshly back from the Middle East tended to the vehicle, another car containing three men pulled up.

Jakes pointed a gun at the mother-in-law and demanded cash. The soldier popped up from behind the vehicle with a gun. He ordered the suspects to leave several times. As the robber turned to point his gun at the serviceman, the man fired several rounds, striking Jakes three times. McMillan began firing from inside the car. Jakes crawled back to the car and the trio sped off.

"I am pleased that both of these brazen, dangerous criminals have had their careers cut short," said assistant solicitor Amanda Haselden, prosecutor of the case. "They thought two stranded women would be an easy mark, but they didn't bargain on a well-trained and legally-armed serviceman being just out of sight."

The Colleton County Sheriff's Office found Jakes wounded at a local hospital. He was taken into custody after recovering from several gunshot wounds. McMillan and a third suspect, James Davis, 21, were arrested later the same week.

The case against Davis still is pending.

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