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Assault suspect pleads guilty
Five years in prison for home invasion
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Forsyth County News

A 21-year-old Cumming man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for his role in an October home invasion.

Robert Nash pleaded guilty this week to robbery, aggravated assault and first-degree burglary in Forsyth County Superior Court.

In a negotiated plea, Judge Philip Smith sentenced Nash to 15 years, of which five will be served in prison and the remainder on probation.

A charge of armed robbery, on which he had also been indicted, was reduced to robbery as part of the plea.

Nash was one of three suspects arrested in connection with the Oct. 9 afternoon robbery in the Adair Park subdivision of Cumming.

The resident was allegedly held at gunpoint and pistol whipped, according to Cumming police.

The three men, all of Cumming, are accused of taking money, jewelry, an iPod and Playstation 3 gaming system from the Clayton Circle home while armed with a handgun.

Nash’s co-defendants Yusef Davis, 26, and Shaeem McLaren, 21, pleaded not guilty in February.

As part of Nash’s plea, he must testify in those cases if they reach trial and he cannot have contact with them.

Nash must also complete 120 hours of community service within the first year of his probation.

Also in Smith’s courtroom this week, Javed Panjwani of Lawrenceville, entered a guilty plea for three counts of commercial gambling and one count for sale of Spice, which is a type of synthetic marijuana.

Panjwani, 33, received five years on probation for the charges in his negotiated plea.

He must also complete 120 hours of community services in his first year of probation.

The charges stemmed from his two arrests in 2012.

In May, the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office concluded a month-long undercover operation at Country Corner Shell, 601 Dahlonega St., where Panjwani was a store manager.

According to sheriff’s reports, an informant was paid out in cash, alcohol and lottery tickets three times from video poker machine winnings.

Panjwani was also arrested in July during a sheriff’s office sweep of local businesses confiscating synthetic marijuana, which had recently been made illegal by the state.

The 771 bags seized from King John Smoke Shop, of which he was the listed owner, were sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Crime Lab to test whether the substances were an illegal compound.

However, Panjwani was arrested in March for a previous violation of selling synthetic marijuana to undercover officers at the same Shell gas station. The arrest could not be made until it had been tested.