By CHARITY B. SMITH
Sunday Times Newspapers
MELVINDALE — Two teenagers will be going to prison for a stretch of armed robberies they helped commit April 6.
Kippriol Boynton and Charlton Jackson of Melvindale were sentenced by Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Qiana Deniese Lillard July 30 after pleading guilty for their roles in a series of armed robberies in Lincoln Park, Taylor and Southgate, and an attempted robbery in Melvindale. Their cases were schelduled to go to a jury trial on Aug. 31.
Their run came to an end when a Melvindale police officer witnessed the attempted robbery, and initiated a traffic stop, which resulted in their arrest.
Boynton and Jackson, both 17 at the time, accompanied a friend in a black Honda Pilot and robbed several pedestrians of their wallets at gunpoint, police said.
Each were sentenced for three counts of armed robbery and one felony firearm charge. Boynton was sentenced to nine to 20 years in prison for the armed robbery charges plus two for the firearms charge. Jackson received 81 months for the armed robberies and two years for the firearms charge.
(Charity B. Smith can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.)