Officials say there's more to story of Columbus 18-year-old sentenced to prison on armed robbery charges involving sneaker

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - We have new details in a story that is making headlines across the country.

The Muscogee County District Attorney's says Dayonn Davis who is now 18, but was 15-years-old at the time of this crime, was originally charged with armed robbery. However, he was able to reach a deal with prosecutors to plead guilty to robbery by force, which allowed him to avoid the mandatory 10-year sentence that comes with an armed robbery conviction.

Davis has now been sentenced to five years in prison followed by 10 years of probation.

The DA's office says Davis contacted the owner of a pair of Nike Air Jordan 5's, on Facebook, which are valued at $180 dollars. The shoes are also called Oreos due to their color. He arranged to meet at Shirley Winston Park on Steam Mill Road in January 2016.

Another male also went with Davis to the meeting. When Davis asked to try on the shoes, Davis said "these shoes just got took." The friend then pulled out a  gun and told the victim to not come any closer. Then both Davis and the friend ran away. Columbus police later identified Davis, and the shoes were discovered in his closet.

The DA's office issued this statement on the case:

"This case was an armed robbery, not a theft. It's not about shoes, it is about the victim. Armed robbery is a crime against the person and is not about the property. The victim was robbed at gunpoint. The property that was taken is not important to the charge. The fact that these robbers were willing to shoot the victim for his shoes shows their callousness for another teen's life and is a danger to anyone who has an item that this defendant or his accomplice wants. The teen victim could have been killed in this armed robbery. As demonstrated in this area's recent trial of triple murders of a family in Upatoi, young people are capable of killing for as little as shoes."

We reached out to Davis's attorney for a comment on the case. We are waiting for a response.

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