Surveillance photos helped identify Jeromy R. Hunter in the armed robbery case.

Surveillance photos helped identify Jeromy R. Hunter in the armed robbery case. (King William Sheriff's Office / June 25, 2014)

KING WILLIAM — A self-confessed drug addict will serve several years in prison for robbing a 7-11 clerk at knife point in Central Garage.

Judge Thomas B. Hoover sentenced Jeromy R. Hunter, 24, of Mechanicsville, on Wednesday in King William Circuit Court to 20 years in prison with 16 years and 6 months suspended. He will serve three and a half years.

Hunter pleaded guilty to robbery, giving up his right to a jury trial.

According to Commonwealth's Attorney Matthew Kite, Hunter entered the 7-11 store at 5072 Richmond Tappahannock Highway on March 26 at approximately 11:30 p.m. armed with a hunting knife and robbed the store clerk of $571 in cash.

There were customers in the store at the time of the robbery. No one was injured.

Hunter turned himself in to authorities just two days later. He had been identified in a surveillance footage photo that the King William Sheriff's Office shared with media. Sheriff Jeff Walton said the photo produced multiple tips of information.

Kite said Hunter spent the stolen money on heroin.

"I've been addicted to drugs most my childhood," Hunter told the judge.