A boy who was 13 years old when he robbed two peers was sentenced to 12 years in prison on Monday, authorities said.
Elijah Bennett, now 15, pleaded guilty in September to two counts each of armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. On Monday, Muscogee County Superior Court Judge Frank Jordan Jr. sentenced him to 12 years in prison with no chance of parole, followed by 10 years’ probation, said Assistant District Attorney Wesley Lambertus.
Authorities accused Bennett and two others of robbing two boys off of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard on a Sunday afternoon in September 2008. The boys had just gotten some snacks from a nearby convenience store, the prosecutor said.
“They were just walking home in a residential neighborhood,” he added. “They gave up their shoes, two dollars, their MP3 players and cell phones.”The boys ran home afterward, and one of their fathers, who knows the area, began asking people if they’d heard of the robbery. That led to information the suspects were at a nearby apartment complex and when police arrived, Bennett and one of the other suspects were still wearing the same clothes, Lambertus said.
The third suspect was never identified, he added.
The judge ordered a pre-sentence investigation when Bennett pleaded guilty. Since then, Bennett and others allegedly held a youth detention center corrections officer hostage and beat him in November, Lambertus said. Bennett also is accused of slamming a door on an officer’s hand in a youth detention facility in Crisp County in February, he added.