A Houston County judged has sentenced a Ricon man to three concurrent life sentences for three armed robberies he committed in June, including two at a graveside in Warner Robins.
James Ray Ussery, 37, was arrested on July 2 in Effingham County between Statesboro and Savannah.
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On June 23, authorities say Ussery approached two women at a Warner Robins gravesite in his car, pointed a pistol at them both and threatened to shoot them. He drove off with their purses.
The victims identified Ussery from a photo lineup, the release says.
On June 29, he entered a Dollar General store wearing bandages around his face and robbed the clerk at gunpoint.
He stole $900 and left in the same car identified in the gravesite robbery.
The bandages and clothing matching the description in the robbery were found after an anonymous tip led to a search of Ussery's residence.
Ussery was also sentenced to five additional years for possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.