Five men who pleaded guilty to participating in armed robbery in the New Georgia, Old Field Community, in April 2010 have been sentenced to prison for five years each.
They were sentenced on Thursday, February 27, by Judge Henry Paye of Criminal Court ‘D’ at the Temple of Justice.
Judge Paye’s decision came after he confirmed the jury’s unanimous guilty verdict.
In the court’s ruling, he said, “prosecution produced overwhelming pieces of evidence both oral and documentary linking the defendants to the commission of the crime armed robbery; which they were indicted for by the grand jury of Montserrado County.”
The defendants have already served three of the five years at the Monrovia Central Prison.
When they first appeared in the court defendants David Freeman, David Poka, Jacob Thaprfe, Sunnyboy Saturday and T.J Papie, all pleaded guilty earlier last month to robbing several homes in the area.
They also apologized to their victims— who present in the courtroom— and asked for forgiveness.
Following that admission, the court entered into a non-guilty on their behalves, thereby shifting the burden of proof onto the prosecution.
Details of the indictment said, on April 9, 2010, between 2:30 a.m. and 3:30 a.m., in the New Georgia, Old Field Community the defendants broke into several homes including those of Saah Johnson, Pastor James S. Williams and Lewis P. Gibson breaking down their front doors.
The indictment further explained that they (defendants) threatened to kill their victims with cutlasses, knives, sticks, and other weapons if they did not surrender their valuable items.
In the process, the defendants allegedly stole items valued at US$1,315.00 and LD$7,050.00.