In August of last year, Delvonte Jones robbed a Cairo family of their belongings with an air pistol. Then, two weeks later, he robbed a convenience store with the same weapon.
Now the South Georgia District Attorney's Office says the 17-year-old will spend ten years behind bars -- and 20 years on probation -- for stealing a few hundred dollars.
District Attorney Joseph Mulholland says Jones attended Cairo High School.
During the trial, he says Jones tried to persuade the court he was a model student in the hopes of getting a lighter sentence.
Explains Mulholland, "He tried to claim he was heavily involved in extracurricular activities. After speaking with the school, clearly he wasn't -- so he was trying to con the court just like he was conning the citizens of the county by robbing the store."
Cairo High School's principal David McCurry says Jones kept a low profile during his time at the school.
Recalls McCurry, "He came through Cairo High School, just kind of kept low-key, had a few minor discipline issues with him, but really didn't know him that well."
McCurry maintains CHS is made up of quality students.
He says, "We have great kids here at Cairo High School -- you know, we do have a few bad apples -- but you know, they're good students."
Mulholland says he hopes Jones' harsh sentence sends a message to other teens who might get into trouble.
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