HAZARD—The second man charged in two armed robberies in Perry County earlier this year entered into a guilty plea last week.
Ernest White, 31, of Hazard was indicted in February on two counts first-degree robbery, one count of possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, and one count of persistent felony offender. Allegedly, on the night of January 20, White, along with Michael T. Amburgey, 23, of Vicco, and 29-year-old Byron Fields, of Hazard, committed armed robbery on both the Vicco BP and Ramey’s BP.
According to the Kentucky State Police, more than $200 was taken from the Vicco BP just after 10 p.m., and only two hours later, robbers struck again, this time at Ramey’s BP, where only $20 was taken from the cashier who was working at the time.
White appeared in Perry County Circuit Court on Thursday, less than a month after Fields had pleaded guilty to amended charges, and accepted a plea deal for amended charges in the case. White pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree robbery and one count of possession of a handgun by a convicted felon; the fourth charge of persistent felony offender was dropped as part of the deal.
White could face up to 15 years in jail under those counts. His sentencing date was scheduled for July 31.
White also agreed, per the plea deal, that he would be willing to testify against Amburgey in future court proceedings if the Commonwealth should need him to.
Amelia Holliday can be reached at 606-436-5771, or on Twitter @HazardHerald.