A Lincoln man is the second to go to prison for an August armed robbery just a few blocks northeast of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s city campus.
James Perry, 30, pleaded no contest to attempted robbery for what happened Aug. 7 and to attempted possession of methamphetamine on July 23.
Lancaster County District Judge Steven Burns sentenced him to a year and a half in prison Thursday.
Lincoln police said Perry pulled a gun on a man near 20th and Dudley streets on Aug. 7. The man had gone to meet Marcus Craddock to buy three cellphones from him and told him to give him everything he had. Perry left with $340 cash, which he later split with Craddock.
When police caught up with Perry, he told them it was a BB gun. At the time, he was out of jail on bond on the meth charge, filed after police stopped him near 20th and Holdrege streets in an SUV with a small amount of meth.
Perry’s public defender said Perry wouldn’t have committed the robbery but for his serious drug problem.
In March, Burns sentenced Craddock, 23, to two to three years plus 90 days for attempted robbery and third-degree assault for his part in the crime. He pleaded no contest.