15 Year Old & Nike Fives– 5 Year Sentence
Dayonn Davis was sentenced to five years in prison and 10 years of probation. The sentence was imposed for stealing a pair of black and white Nike Air Jordan Fives from an acquaintance. Davis’s accomplice had a handgun for the robbery. Davis’s attorney argued that her client did not know that his accomplice would bring a weapon. According to his lawyer, Susan Henderson, the accomplice, who was later arrested, but not charged, brought the weapon.Davis ran from the scene with the Nike sneakers.
Dayonna Davis did not have any record or prior involvement with the law.
When Georgia juveniles, 13 or older, are charged with armed robbery, they face trial as adults–mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison. Davis, 15 years old, was charged with armed robbery.
After intense negotiations between Davis’s attorney and the prosecutor, Davis pleaded guilty to just robbery–Five years in adult prison, possibility of parole, and upon release, 10 years of probation.
Christopher Bruce, policy counsel for Georgia’s ACLU, commented about the Davis case,
“Mandatory minimums make sure prosecutors have the upper-hand when it comes to plea agreements…We need to look deep in ourselves and determine, should we continue to jail and imprison children, or should we give them the help that they need to be productive citizens of society.”
By: Bradley Schwartz
Founder of prisonpath.com
I think we should do away with mandatory minimums. I also think this kid got railroaded by taking this plea deal. Bad representation if any.
But the headline should of included armed robbery with a deadly weapon.!
Maybe just maybe this could be the best thing that could have happened to this young man!!! Wake up!!!
TRUTH doesn’t count, only the racially charged language counts. That way, someone can scream racism.
Mandatory minimums are not justice.
That’s just wrong. Where was this judge when killers, rapists and pedophiles were getting wrist slapped.
Come on Georgia. I know y’all have at least ONE good man or woman practicing law in your state that can help this kid pro bono.
(Maybe he should have said he was an illegal immigrant?)
You got that right , if hd was illegal he would recieve mandatory welfare , housing and snap.
one of the reason we have mandatory sentences is because the judicial system was inclined to sentence offenders according to judges FEELING about the defendant and little or no concern for the victims. A second reason is the possible deterrent to committing a crime.
Wrong shade, you have individuals raping and killing people and not serving any prison time. Now, let that sink in for a minute.
Larry—This only happens to black people