A jury on Thursday found Travis Jones guilty of the 2008 shooting of a cook at Bojangles' on Ashley Phosphate Road.
The jury deliberated for about 1 1/2 hours before handing down its verdict, 9th Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson's office announced Friday.
Jones was found guilty of assault and battery with intent to kill and attempted armed robbery. Judge Deirdre Jefferson sentenced him to 12 years in prison for each offense. The sentences will run concurrently.
According to assistant solicitors Chad Simpson and Kelley Flynn, who prosecuted the case, on Feb. 4, 2008, Bojangles' cook Charles Hamilton cashed his federal income tax return check before reporting to work. Coworkers learned that Hamilton had a large amount of the money on him, and one of his co-workers and his acquaintance, Jones, waited outside until Hamilton took out the trash from the night's diner shift.
Jones approached Hamilton with a .22-caliber handgun and demanded all his money. When he refused, Jones shot him in the arm.
As Hamilton tried to flee, Jones shot him three times in the back and went in his pockets as he lay bleeding on the pavement, the solicitor's office said.
Jones was unable to locate the cash in the victim's rear pocket, and fled empty-handed. The coworker, who acted as a lookout for Jones, pleaded guilty to the same offenses under the "hand of one/hand of all" doctrine and was sentenced to four years on each offense, the solicitor's office said.