Teen convicted of robberies avoids jail, charged with new crimes

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by Bryan Baker

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 17, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 17 at 8:56 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A teenager convicted of three robberies who police say escaped house arrest is back in jail. The court didn't send 19-year-old Jamonte Ford to jail before sentencing, and now he's charged with new crimes.

Ford was arrested Tuesday for cocaine trafficking and giving police a false name of Devon Smith. He was supposed to be on house arrest after pleading guilty to three robberies in 2009 when he was just 16-years-old. In March the Commonwealth Attorney accepted and the Judge granted HIP, or the Home Incarceration Program. Authorities say he cut off his ankle bracelet in May. One month later, he allegedly robbed the Joy Beauty Supply Store on Taylor Boulevard.

In one 2009 robbery Ford acted as lookout while his partners allegedly robbed the China Dragon Restaurant, then on East Broadway in Louisville.

After his plea in March, Ford wasn't sent to jail because of a longer than usual wait before sentencing. He was supposed to testify against his partner in one of those robberies. The court wanted to wait to sentence him until after that case.

Ford is back in Metro Corrections now on those new charges, unlikely to be given house arrest this time.

 

 

 

His original sentence for the plea deal was 15 years. His next court hearing is at the end of August, where he will answer to the bench warrant for escaping house arrest.

 

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