Teen pleads guilty to robbery, sentenced to 6 years in prison

An 18-year-old with two children pleaded guilty Wednesday to robbery and was sentenced to six years in prison, followed by four on probation.

Cory Lockhart initially faced a minimum of 10 years in prison with no chance of parole on an armed robbery charge. However, prosecutors reduced the charge to robbery, which warrants one to 20 years in prison.

According to prosecutors, Lockhart was one of three suspects who approached a juvenile in August 2010. One of the suspects pulled up his shirt, showing the victim a gun in his waistband. He then demanded the juvenile’s shoes and backpack.

The victim thought he recognized one of the suspects from school, leading him to the Eddy Middle School yearbook. Flipping through the pages, he pointed out Lockhart – who wore a mohawk at the time -- as one of the suspects, said Assistant District Attorney Brad Bickerstaff.

Police then searched Lockhart’s room and found notebooks from the stolen backpack in his closet, Bickerstaff added.

“First of all, it’s just stupid,” said assistant public defender Ray Lakes. “He’s had about two years to get his head around how dumb this was.”

Lakes said his client hopes to enter the Job Corps once he’s released from prison.

“I want to try to do something with myself,” Lockhart told Muscogee County Superior Court Chief Judge John Allen.

The judge then sentenced Lockhart, noting that he’ll get credit for the time he’s already served in jail. Lockhart was arrested shortly after the August 2010 robbery.