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Decatur Subway robber pleads guilty, awaits sentence

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DECATUR — A Decatur man pleaded guilty Wednesday to robbing a Subway restaurant at gunpoint, and now a judge will decide his sentence.

Michael L. Sutton, 18, appeared in Macon County Circuit Court and pleaded guilty to a single count of aggravated robbery, a Class 1 felony, in a plea deal negotiated by his attorney, Dan Hassinger. Sutton will be sentenced Aug. 8 by Judge Jeffrey Geisler. Sutton faces punishments ranging from probation to 15 years in prison and fines up to $25,000.

In court recounting the facts of the case, Assistant State’s Attorney David Perry said a masked Sutton walked into the Subway restaurant at 1621 E. Eldorado St. on the afternoon of Aug. 28 and threatened the staff with a revolver before demanding money.

A sworn police affidavit, said Sutton fled on foot and was caught by a police patrol tipped off by an eye witness. The officer reported seeing a prominent bulge in Sutton’s pants that turned out to a bundle of cash that added up to $356. A total of more than $456 had been stolen from the restaurant, and another bundle of bills linked to the robbery was found dumped in a grassy area near where Sutton had been stopped, police said.

Contact Tony Reid at (217) 421-7977. Follow him on Twitter: @TonyJReid


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