Calvin Davis, convicted Wednesday of armed robbery and theft by taking a motor vehicle, faced life in prison without parole because of prior convictions.
Instead, by agreement with the prosecutor and defense attorney, Muscogee County Superior Court Judge Gil McBride put aside the jury’s verdict and the 23-year-old pleaded guilty to the crimes, said defense attorney Stacey Jackson.
“It’s not very often that it happens, but the state, by not accepting the plea, risks it having coming back on appeal,” Jackson said. “But also there’s the risk on the other side that if you don’t win the appeal, you’re stuck with multiple life sentences.”
The judge sentenced Davis to 22 years in prison, followed by eight on probation, Jackson said. Davis has no chance of parole on the first 20 years.Prosecutors offered Davis 12 years in prison and eight on probation if he pleaded guilty before his trial began on Monday, Jackson said. However, his client chose a trial, which went to the jury Tuesday afternoon.
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Jurors returned around 9:45 a.m. Wednesday with convictions for two Dec. 26, 2008, armed robberies at two different Circle K gas stations, Jackson said.