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Teenager sentenced to ten years in prison

South Georgia D. A. Joe Mulholland South Georgia D. A. Joe Mulholland

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - 17-year-old Delvonte Jones will spend the majority of his 20's behind bars. The Cairo teenager was sentenced to ten years in prison and 20 years probation on two separate armed robbery convictions.

One was last August at Butler's Grocery. "He's basically getting out of the business now. It's had such an impact on him and his ability to run his store," said South Georgia D. A. Joe Mulholland.

The owner of Butler's Grocery, Ahmedsaeed Mansur, knew Jones since he was a kid. "I think that was the biggest shock for him was he had seen this young man grow up and to see him attack him, try to break his neck, kill him, was a shock for Mr. Mansur," said Mulholland.

Even though Jones knew Mansur, he made no effort to hide his identity. "He wasn't even wearing a mask that's what was so silly about it. Again had he been in school a little bit longer maybe he would have been a little smarter about what he was doing."

Just weeks before, Jones was also involved in the home invasion of several migrant workers. Jones and other co-defendants held the victims at gun point while they were robbed of their belongings.

Jones only received a few hundred dollars in both of the armed robberies. Mulholland said had he gone out and gotten a job, he could have made that in a week.

Mulholland says during the trial Jones claimed he was a star football player. They later discovered he had lied to the court as he had been recently kicked off the team for an unrelated incident. Jones will not be eligible for parole and must serve his entire sentence in prison.

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