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Man, 38, found guilty in Jimmy John's armed robbery

Convicted felon William Hetsler faces life in prison

Booking photo of William Hetsler and surveillance image from Jimmy John's restaurant
Booking photo of William Hetsler and surveillance image from Jimmy John's restaurant

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A 38-year-old man was found guilty of a July armed robbery at a Jacksonville Jimmy John's restaurant, the State Attorney's Office announced Thursday. 

William Maxwell Hetsler, 38, was convicted on charges of armed robbery and possession of a firearm of a convicted felon. 

Hetsler was wearing a mask and sunglasses when he walked into the Jimmy Johns restaurant on Beach Boulevard the evening of July 28, pulled a stolen gun on an employee and demanded cash from the register.

The employee and Hetsler were wrestling over the gun when another employee walked up and held a knife up to Hetsler’s throat. Surveillance video captured the struggle, during which Hetsler's mask and sunglasses fell off, police said.

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Hetsler then dropped the gun and took off. 

Prosecutors said Hetsler is a nine-time convicted felon. He now faces life in prison with a 10-year minimum mandatory.

Hetsler will be sentenced on Nov.  21.