Nathaniel Lipscomb had the right to a trial before a jury of his peers. Instead, he chose a trial before a judge on accusations he robbed an 80-year-old woman, prosecutors said.
The one-day trial on Monday resulted in convictions on charges of armed robbery, burglary and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime, said Don Kelly, assistant district attorney. Lipscomb, 49, was sentenced on Wednesday to 18 years in prison, followed by eight on probation, by Muscogee County Superior Court Chief Judge John Allen.
“He was adamant about wanting a bench trial instead of a jury trial,” Kelly said. “I was there ready to try it in front of a jury.”