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54-year sentence in robbery spree at apartments


A 54-year prison sentence was handed down Tuesday to 22-year-old Michael L. Jefferson for his role in a string of armed robberies early last year.

Jefferson pleaded guilty in December to six of 12 charges pending against him, admitting to burglary causing injury, criminal confinement and four counts of robbery.

In exchange for Jefferson’s guilty plea, prosecutors dismissed the other charges and his sentence was capped at 64 years. Accepting the plea agreement, Allen Superior Judge Fran Gull sentenced Jefferson to 64 years, but ordered 10 years suspended with four years to be served on probation.

In February, Jefferson’s 21-year-old co-defendant Devontae Hamlet was sentenced to 68 years in prison for his role in the holdups.

In a Jan. 10, 2013, robbery at Island Club Apartments, near East Wallen and Auburn roads, a toddler and her parents were bound with duct tape, according to court documents.

Hamlet’s fingerprints were on that duct tape, as well as on a garbage bag filled with loot found at the scene.

In another robbery that night, Jefferson and Hamlet bound three men in a unit at Cambridge Square Apartments, near Coldwater and East Cook roads.

That robbery ended badly for Hamlet when one of the victims freed himself, grabbed a handgun from a closet and shot Hamlet as he fled.

A few minutes later, Hamlet showed up at Parkview Hospital with a gunshot wound, according to court documents.

Three other men received sentences this week for their roles in the robberies, which included driving the get-away cars and fencing the stolen property.

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