Georgia Teen Tried As Adult, Sentenced To Five Years In Prison Over Stolen Sneakers
A teen from Georgia has been sentenced to five years in prison for stealing a pair of Nike sneakers.
Dayonn Davis, 18, was recently sentenced to five years in prison and 10 on probation after being charged with robbery. The robbery took place on January 17, 2016, when Davis was 15-years-old. Accompanied by a male companion, Davis had met with someone from Facebook to purchase a pair of Nike Oreos — named for their black and white color — at a park in Columbus, Georgia, according to the Ledger-Enquirer.
Davis asked to try on the shoes and, upon finding they fit, told the seller, “These shoes is took.” Davis’ companion then pulled out a pistol, and everyone ran. Davis was found by Columbus police and discovered the stolen shoes in his closet. Initially, Davis didn’t offer the name of his accomplice but ended up doing so. However, the victim could not identify the person Davis named as the gunman when shown a photo lineup.
Since the incident, Davis has been an honor roll student at Kendrick High School, receiving As and Bs. But the judge overseeing Davis’ case still sentenced him to five years in prison and tried him as an adult.
“Maybe he’s the wrong person,” Judge Bobby Peters said of Davis. “He’s the one with the shoes in his closet.”
Susan Henderson, Davis’ defense attorney, said that the teen didn’t know his companion would pull a gun out on the victim. Still, the judge argued Davis “obviously planned to take the shoes, because he set up the meeting.”
Prior to this, Davis had no previous juvenile record.