District Attorney's Office


  

Conasauga Judicial Circuit of Georgia




   Serving Murray & Whitfield Counties

PEREZ-LUCAS RECEIVES 85 YEARS FOR ARMED ROBBERY, GANG ACTIVITY

July 23, 2021 (Dalton) Superior Court Judge Cindy Morris today sentenced Alexandro Agapito Perez-Lucas (18), formerly of 1106 Nelson Street, Dalton, to serve a total of 85 years in prison with the first 20 years to be served without the possibility of parole. Perez-Lucas was convicted by a Whitfield County jury on July 2nd following a three day trial of armed robbery, false imprisonment, criminal street gang activity and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. The sentence also requires Perez-Lucas to pay $13,383 in restitution to the victim business, La Esquinita.

Perez-Lucas was represented at trial by local attorney Anna Johnson who argued today that his youth and family support warranted a lenient sentence. At trial, Johnson had argued to the jury that while Perez-Lucas was a gang member, he was not involved in the robbery and his statements to the police admitting his involvement were made to cover for another gang member. Perez-Lucas himself made no statements to the court prior to sentencing.

Assistant District Attorney Ian Whittle represented the State at trial and sentencing. Whittle argued that while Perez-Lucas was only 16 at the time of the robbery (committed one month before his 17th birthday), he had been a confirmed gang member since the age of 12 and had previously been prosecuted as a juvenile for gang related crimes including firearm charges. Whittle further argued that there was a great deal of chatter within the local gang community about this case and sentencing and that the Court should send a message to those gang members that violent gang activity will not be tolerated.

Georgia law provides that juveniles older than 13 who are charged with armed robbery with a firearm may be tried as adults in Superior Court.

For more information, please refer to the original press release issued after trial.



Bert Poston
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Conasauga Judicial Circuit


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