A man who robbed two women at gunpoint after using Snapchat to lure them to a Cobb County college campus pleaded guilty Wednesday in the middle of his trial.
Brandon Juvan Washington, 28, pleaded guilty to two armed robberies and an aggravated assault that occurred in the parking lot of Chattahoochee Technical College’s Marietta campus, prosecutors said.
Washington’s crime spree took place in November 2018, AJC.com previously reported.
In the first case, Washington arranged to buy a cellphone from a woman and meet her at the college. When she arrived the afternoon of Nov. 4, Washington took the phone and pointed his gun at a friend she brought with her.
Weeks later, in the same parking lot and the exact same parking space, Washington met another woman he knew from college about five years earlier, authorities said. When she arrived, he took her phone, purse and several items she had purchased as Christmas gifts.
In both cases, Washington led his victims to believe he was a Chattahoochee Tech student and lived nearby, which wasn’t the case.
He also deleted his Snapchat account after each robbery, only to reactivate it under a different name later. When Washington reactivated the account, the old messages reappeared on his victims’ phones, which helped investigators track him down.
He was sentenced to 20 years in prison and another 15 on probation, but will get credit for the 13-plus months he’s spent behind bars since his arrest.
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