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DECATUR — Christian L. Peoples of Decatur was sentenced to six years in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to a charge of armed robbery.

The 19-year-old man had been ready to plead not guilty and stand trial on a charge of armed robbery involving the discharge of a firearm, but changed his plea in a deal negotiated by his attorney, Karen Root.

Macon County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Griffith agreed to take the word “firearm” out of the robbery charge, which is still a Class X felony. If firearm had remained part of the charge, Peoples would have faced an additional 20 years in prison upon conviction.

A sworn police affidavit said the robbery dated to just after midnight Oct. 12 when Peoples confronted a Decatur man as he walked in Johns Hill Park.

Pointing a handgun at the man, the affidavit said Peoples told him to “Run your pockets … this ain’t a game,” but the man fought back. The gun fired, but the bullet missed both men. The victim then pulled out a folding knife and stabbed Peoples, who fled, the affidavit said.

The affidavit said a mask Peoples was wearing came off during the struggle, and the victim saw his face. Decatur Park Police arrested Peoples after finding him walking nearby “suffering from a stab wound,” and the victim told them he had recognized his robber as someone he’d known for the past eight years, the affidavit said.


Macon County Courts Reporter

Macon County courts reporter for the Herald & Review.

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