Adrian E. Batts

Adrian E. Batts was sentenced to 24 months' probation after pleading guilty to taking part in the beating and robbery of a deaf victim on May 4 in a house in Decatur. Read more here.

DECATUR — A Decatur man was sentenced to 24 months probation after pleading guilty to taking part in the beating and robbery of a deaf victim.

Adrian E. Batts appeared in Macon County Circuit Court Friday and pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated robbery in the crime, which dates to May 4 at a house in Decatur. Batts had agreed to a plea agreement, negotiated by his defense attorney, Steve Perbix, which saw two other robbery charges and a charge of mob action dismissed.

Batts, 28, had previously pleaded not guilty and his trial on all the charges was due to start Monday.

A sworn Decatur Police affidavit about the robbery said the 45-year-old victim had been lured to the house and set upon by several defendants, one of whom was Batts. The victim later told police he had been repeatedly punched and kicked and hearing aids, valued at $1,000, were ripped from his ears. He also said another assailant, Brian Cunningham, had put a gun to his head and threatened to kill him unless he handed over his money.

The affidavit said the robbers stole $650 in cash and took the victim’s cell phone.

The affidavit said police officers found the victim covered in scrapes and bruises with blood running out of his mouth; he was later treated at a hospital.

Cunningham, who faces multiple robbery charges, is pleading not guilty and is scheduled for a pretrial hearing Nov. 2.

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Macon County Courts Reporter

Macon County courts reporter for the Herald & Review.

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