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Guilty plea on robbery charge nets 20-year sentence
Keion Latroy Chambers
Keion Latroy Chambers

An Effingham County man charged in two separate armed robberies pled guilty late last month and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Keion Latroy Chambers was indicted for robbing two men at gunpoint in Westwood Heights on April 30, 2013. He entered a guilty plea Sept. 25 and was given a 20-year sentence by Judge William Woodrum, with credit for time served since Oct. 29, 2013. Chambers had been indicted for six counts in the incident, with the top count of armed robbery amended to robbery.

He also entered an Alford plea to a February 2013 robbery of an older Clyo couple. The Alford plea is submitted when a defendant does not admit to conducting the criminal act and maintains his innocence. Chambers entered the Alford plea for two counts of robbery, and his 20-year sentence was made concurrent with his sentence in the other case.

In the Clyo robbery, Chambers and Ashton Wallace were accused of entering a Clyo home and taking money by force from a couple. They were alleged to have pushed the woman to the floor and covered her mouth and struck the man repeatedly.

Chambers also had been charged with kidnapping, two counts of false imprisonment, two counts of aggravated assault and first degree burglary, but those charges were dropped after his plea.

In the Westwood Heights case, Chambers also had been charged with attempted armed robbery and four counts of aggravated assault. Those charges also were not prosecuted after his guilty plea.

Wallace also was arrested and charged in that case, and he faces additional charges of theft by receiving a stolen firearm, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

A third man charged in the Westwood Heights robbery, Peter Johnson III, pled guilty last November and received 10 years in prison and 10 years on probation.

Wallace also is believed to be one of the men who held up the Highway 30 Dollar General last October.

The Ogeechee Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s office also is dropping the indictment against an Effingham County couple in a child pornography case — but prosecutors could bring back those charges and additional charges for another grand jury to hear.

Michael Shepard and Rebekah Shepard were indicted last December on six counts of sexual exploitation of children. Michael Shepard had one count of possession of tools of commission of a crime disposed and Rebekah Shepard had two counts of possession of tools in commission of a crime disposed.

But in a court filing late last month, the district attorney’s office said based on evidence recently provided by law enforcement, the matter will be re-presented to a grand jury.