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Macon – A 19-year-old Macon man was sentenced to 15 years, eight of them in prison, Friday for his part in a July 13, 2016, armed robbery outside the Starbucks on Tom Hill Sr. Boulevard in Macon.

Malik Treyvurus Curtis pleaded guilty to violating the state’s Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act during a hearing in Bibb County Superior Court.

If the case had gone to trial, Prosecutor Sandra Matson would have presented evidence showing:

Two employees were sitting on the patio outside Starbucks not long after closing time when they noticed a car driving slow in the parking lot. Shortly thereafter, two men wearing sunglasses and black bandanas over their faces approached the employees and demanded money at gunpoint.

The bandits took tip money from one of the employees.

At the time of the robbery, Curtis was associated with the East Macon Family street gang.

Davontae Eugene Cobb, 21, Malik Antwan Thornton, 18, and Travonta Deshawn Sinclair, 22, also have pleaded guilty to armed robbery and been sentenced to 10 years in prison followed by 10 years on probation.

Curtis, who was sentenced as a first offender, must abide by gang conditions of probation after his prison release.

Speaking after the hearing, Macon Judicial Circuit District Attorney David Cooke said, “Sooner or later, gang members are going to learn that our community will not tolerate their acts of terror. Until then, we’re going to keep sending them to prison.”

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Contact: Amy Leigh Womack

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