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Man sentenced to 12 years for armed robbery, assault

A man accused of armed robbery during a break-in in Bogue Chitto in 2014 pleaded guilty Wednesday in Lincoln County Circuit Court.

Alvin B. Franklin

Alvin B. Franklin

Alvin B. Franklin, 24, offered the plea to Circuit Court Judge Michael M. Taylor after the jury had been seated, but before his trial began.

Franklin was accused of breaking into a home on Chestnut Lane in May 2014 with Jawon D. Williams, 24. The residents were present at the time of the incident when Franklin and Williams are alleged to have stolen cash, cell phones and a handbag at gunpoint, according to the Nov. 24, 2014, indictment.

The pair are also alleged to have struck one of the residents in the face with the weapon during the incident.

Circuit Clerk Dustin Bairfield said Taylor sentenced Franklin to 12 years to run concurrently with five years probation. The sentences for the five charges were:

• Conspiracy to commit armed robbery — five years, the maximum allowed;

• Burglary of a dwelling — 18 years with six suspended;

• Two counts of simple robbery— each count was 15 years with three years suspended;

• Aggravated assault — 12 years.

Taylor said Franklin’s sentence for the 2014 charges would run consecutively with time he was already set to serve for a 2015 conviction in Madison County for possession of stolen property, Bairfield said.

Williams’ trial will be held at a later date.