A Valdosta substitute teacher will spend 16 years in prison after pleading guilty to a string of robberies.
Authorities say 26-year-old Eddie Battles pleaded guilty to 11 charges in a series of robberies at Dollar General stores in south Georgia and northern Florida. A judge sentenced him to 16 years in federal prison during a hearing this week in Jacksonville, Fla. Battles also worked as an assistant manager at a Dollar General store in Lake Park, Ga. It was the first store robbed in late 2011. Both Battles and his brother pleaded guilty in a series of holdups that continued until the two were arrested in April 2012.