A 30-year prison sentence was handed down to Mthombisi Thezela after being convicted at the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court for armed robbery, attempted murder and being in possession of an unlicensed firearm last Tuesday.This comes after Alexandra police arrested the man last year on the day of the crime.Thezela, along with another man, in November approached a man and his girlfriend in their car and demanded that the pair give them their cash and cellphones. In the process, they removed the vehicle’s keys from the ignition and threw them away. They took the man’s wallet, which contained cash to the value of R1 900.They also took three cellphones from the vehicle while pointing a firearm at the couple and threatened to kill them should they make a sound or move.Thereafter the two men fled on foot. Immediately afterwards the robbery victim pulled out his firearm and gave chase on foot.This lead to Thezela and the other suspect firing shots in order to evade the man’s pursuit, resulting in the man retaliating and managing to injure the other suspect on his leg.The Alexandra police station members then responded to calls for help and were able to arrest Thezela. The other suspect managed to escape.A 9mm pistol was recovered and was found to have the serial number erased.The cellphones were also recovered.Thezela was found guilty and sentenced to 30 years behind bars. He was also declared unfit to carry a firearm.Alexandra Road Police station commander Colonel Mlambo hailed investigating officer Sergeant Magubane for his efforts and excellent work in putting Thezela behind bars. — Supplied.