Columbus teen sentenced to 22 years

By Lindsey Connell - email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  A Columbus teen will spend more than a decade behind bars for an armed robbery involving young victims.

Fifteen-year-old Elijah Bennett pled guilty to armed robbery and weapons charges in Muscogee County Superior Court Monday morning.

Judge Frank Jordan sentenced him to 22 years, 12 of which he will serve in prison.

The teen is being charged as an adult because of the nature of the crime.

Prosecutors say Bennett pointed a gun at a 12 and 13-year-old boy and robbed them near the Chevron on Martin Luther King Boulevard back in 2008.|

The state says in addition, Bennett kidnapped and beat a corrections officer at the Youth Detention Center in Columbus in November 2009.

After that, prosecutors say he slammed a door on another correction officer's hand in Crisp County in February of 2010, shattering two of his fingers.

Bennett is being treated as a juvenile in those cases.

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