Pair sentenced for kidnapping, carjacking

Sunday Times Newspapers

SOUTHGATE – Two men who robbed and kidnapped a 69-year-old man – in partnership with the man’s teenage girlfriend – were sentenced to a minimum of 12 years in prison.

Alphonso Lamarr Straughter Jr., 31, of Dearborn was found guilty by a jury earlier this month of five felony counts. Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Maria Miller said Straughter was sentenced on July 17 to a prison term of 16.5 to 25 years in prison for armed robbery and unlawful imprisonment. Straughter also was found guilty of home invasion and carjacking.

Tajick Lewis Jackson, 36, of River Rouge pleaded guilty last month to carjacking and felony firearms possession. Jackson was sentenced on July 14 to a term of 12 to 25 years in prison for carjacking, and two years for felony firearms possession.

Straughter also was charged as a habitual offender, second notice; Jackson with being a habitual offender, fourth notice.

Police and prosecutors said that the two assisted a Melvindale teen – Destiny Marie Gerwatowski, 17 – in the robbery of the girl’s 69-year-old boyfriend. The two had returned to his house in the 14000 block of Brest Road Jan. 2, and Straughter and Jackson confronted the man, put a gun to his head and forced him into the trunk of his vehicle and drove off.

While stopped at a light on Dix-Toledo the man found the emergency latch of the trunk and escaped. He called 911 and the three were in custody within two days of the incident.

Gerwatowski pleaded guilty in April to one count of conspiracy to commit unarmed robbery. Miller said that further information on the minor could not be disclosed.

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