Crime dad sentenced to 5 years
By CHASE SQUIRES, Times Staff Writer
DADE CITY -- A Dover dad who took his 14-year-old son along on a convenience store robbery pleaded guilty Monday and said it was time to do the responsible thing.
Herman Leroy Drawdy, 31, told a judge he hopes the five-year prison term he was sentenced to will be enough to get him on regular medication for a mental illness and help him get back on track.
"There's a responsibility for what I did," Drawdy told Circuit Judge Wayne Cobb.
He pleaded guilty to robbery, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and false imprisonment, a charge reduced from the kidnapping he was accused of.
According to investigators, Drawdy and his son rolled up to the Zephyrhills Cumberland Farms store on Gall Boulevard about 10:15 a.m. on Jan. 23.
He walked in and robbed the store clerk at knifepoint. He snatched $64, then ordered the clerk into a cooler, where he left her.
The clerk immediately called Zephyrhills police and described the car Drawdy was driving, a 1978 Pontiac.
Police stopped him six minutes later.
Drawdy's son also was charged in the crime, but his name has not been released because of his age. His case was turned over to the juvenile justice system, where records are confidential.
Drawdy said the boy had nothing to do with the robbery.
"When I went into that store, he had no idea what I was doing," Drawdy told the judge. "I had never done anything like that."
Drawdy told the judge that he is mentally ill, but he understood what he was doing in court when he pleaded guilty. He said a prison routine that will keep him on his medication would be a good way to prepare to enter society again.
"I'm not going to appeal," he told the judge. "I'll do my sentence."
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