In November of 2012, a 39-year-old was allegedly shot in the leg and robbed of his cash at an Ypsilanti Township apartment complex. According to the victim, the perpetrator of the crime was an acquaintance of his, although the suspect fled before Washtenaw County Sheriff’s deputies could apprehend him.
The victim was taken to an area hospital, where it was reported he suffered only minor injuries. According to a news article at AnnArbor.com, neither man lived at the apartment complex. Sgt. Geoff Fox reported that the victim was shot in the leg immediately after handing over his cash to the suspect.
A short time after the incident Bertel Franklin Gibbs, a 16-year-old Superior Township resident, was arrested and charged with numerous offenses including armed robbery, assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, and assault with intent to murder. Gibbs was charged as an adult because of the seriousness of the crimes he is accused of committing. Following his arraignment, Gibbs was held at the Washtenaw County Juvenile Detention Center and was given a $500,000 bond.
On April 22 Gibbs pleaded guilty to the charges; because of his plea deal, all counts against him were dropped other than assault with bodily harm less than murder.
On Tuesday May 21, Gibbs was sentenced in the Washtenaw County Trial Court as a juvenile. He was ordered to complete juvenile probation by Judge Donald Shelton. News articles also indicated that if Gibbs violates his sentence he will return to court to face a sentence of up to 10 years in prison as an adult. The trial court will review Gibbs’ progress as he receives treatment from Wolverine Human Services. He will also go before the judge every six months for the duration of his probation.
Michigan juvenile crime attorneys understand the severe criminal penalties juveniles may face when charged as adults. While the suspect in this case was sentenced as a juvenile, he may face much harsher punishment if he should violate the terms of his probation.
If you have been charged with robbery or any serious/violent crime, it is important that you seek legal guidance right away. Contact a seasoned Michigan criminal defense lawyer who will begin work on your case immediately in order to protect your freedom and future.