2 men facing long prison stays in I-95 robberies
FORT PIERCE, Fla. (AP) â€” Two men are facing lengthy federal prison sentences after pleading guilty to committing a string of armed robberies along Interstate 95 in Florida.
Yubran Alvarez Vasquez of Bluffton, South Carolina, and Matthew Emmanuel Vasquez of Savannah, Georgia, admitted last week they used a firearm in furtherance of a violent crime. That charge carries a minimum 35-year prison sentence up to a maximum of life.
Authorities say the pair targeted gas stations and hotels along I-95 from Melbourne to Jupiter. In February 2013, they went on a five-hour spree in which they robbed two gas stations and two hotels at gunpoint.
One man fired his gun during a robbery at a Holiday Inn Express in Vero Beach, but no one was injured.
Sentencing is set Aug. 27 in Fort Pierce.
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University System of Georgia announces new hire
ATLANTA (AP) — The University System of Georgia has named a new vice chancellor for extended education.
Officials said in a statement that Cecil Staton will begin serving as vice chancellor for extended education June 1. Staton is tasked with leading strategic and long-term initiatives in the areas of extended and continuing education, military affairs, entrepreneurship and international education.
Officials say Staton will serve as a liaison between the Board of Regents, system institutions and partners in the government and business fields.
Staton served as an associate provost and associate professor at Mercer University between 1991 and 2003. Prior to that, Staton worked as an assistant professor at Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon. Aside from work in public education, officials say Staton has also founded several communications and media businesses.
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