Two men accused of holding up a pizza delivery man and stealing pizzas face a 25 year sentence, 10 of the years to be served in prison.
According to Alcove Circuit Court Assistant District Attorney Jacqueline Payne, Dejon Thomas, 19, and Alphonso Lemon, 21, were both indicted for armed robbery, aggravated assault, and two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony last week.
“Both defendants entered a plea of not guilty at their arraignment on March 25th. Judge (John) Ott denied bond in both of their cases,” Payne said. “Their next court date is May 21, 2015. On that day, they can either enter a guilty plea to the charges or announce that they are ready for trial.”
Payne said should the case proceed to trial, the regularly scheduled trial date in Ott’s courtroom is February. She said under Georgia law, the offense of armed robbery carries a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison. The current recommendation in their case is 25 years on probation with the first 10 years to be served in prison.
The charges stem from an incident in October last year in which a pizza delivery man was robbed at gunpoint while delivering pizzas to a home on Old Mill Point in Monroe.
According to the report from Monroe Police Department, Steve Shellnutt was accosted at gunpoint while delivering four pepperoni pizzas to the location for Papa Johns. Two men wearing masks allegedly put the gun in Shellnutt’s face and then ran off with the bag containing the pizzas. They were arrested in February and have remained in Walton County Detention Center ever since.
Editor’s Note: An arrest and charge does not constitute a conviction.