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DECATUR — Stacey Bates was sentenced to a year in prison after pleading guilty to a charge of criminal trespass to a Decatur home.

The 51-year-old man had been due to face trial starting Monday on charges of aggravated robbery and the trespass charge. But Macon County State’s Attorney Jay Scott said a victim in the case crippled it by refusing to cooperate. “They would not come in and talk to us or anything,” added Scott.

Bates appeared at a Macon County Circuit Court hearing Friday and, advised by public defender Michelle Sanders, admitted the criminal trespass charge. The robbery charged was dismissed. 

Decatur Police reports said all of the charges sprang from the invasion of an apartment in the 1000 block of North College Street on the night of Feb. 16. A victim had been confronted in his bedroom by Bates and a female accomplice and he had been robbed after being threatened with a gun and punched repeatedly in the face, according to the reports.


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Macon County Courts Reporter

Macon County courts reporter for the Herald & Review.

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