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Teen pleads as adult in robbery

Wesley J. Hickingbottom, 17, was sentenced Monday for robbery after pleading guilty to the lesser charge earlier this month. He’d originally been charged with armed robbery.

Wesley J. Hickingbottom

Wesley J. Hickingbottom

Hickingbottom was indicted Feb. 26 for allegedly taking an undisclosed amount of money from Ryan M. Nevels after brandishing a handgun.

The teenager pleaded guilty Sept. 13.

Lincoln County Circuit Judge Michael Taylor sentenced Hickingbottom to 10 years — with six years to serve and four years suspended — and five years of post-release supervision.

Because Hickingbottom was a minor when he committed the crime, he will be placed in a youth offender program until he turns 18. Hickingbottom was also given a $3,000 fine and was charged $419.50 in court costs.