An apparent relationship sparked by a pair of inmates at the Madison County jail allegedly led to armed robbery after the two were released.
Sean Sayers and Devin M. Lightfoot met while the two were serving time at the jail over the 2005 Thanksgiving holiday. But now Lightfoot faces charges that he robbed Sayers at gunpoint about six months later.
Sayers was driving in the area of Nichol and Raible streets around 10 p.m. July 8 in Anderson when Lightfoot asked him for a lift, according to information filed in Madison Circuit Court.
Sayers gave Lightfoot, 31, 2315 W. 15th St., the ride because the two had been in jail together during 2005 holiday. But Lightfoot allegedly pulled out a semi-automatic handgun after a short time during their trip, according to court documents. He allegedly chambered a round and pressed the gun to Sayers’ head.
Lightfoot demanded money and Sayers told police later that he was afraid Lightfoot would kill him to make sure there were no witnesses, according to the court papers.
The hold-up ended when Sayers handed over all the money he had to Lightfoot, a total of $50. There was no indication from the court documents that Sayers was injured during the alleged robbery.
Why Sayers and Lightfoot were in the jail in 2005 wasn’t immediately available. But Lightfoot said during an initial court appearance before Madison County Magistrate Stephen Clase on Monday that he was released in March after serving more than seven months for violating the terms of his probation for an earlier conviction on charges of possession of marijuana and driving without license.
A warrant connected to the most recent allegations was issued in early August, and Lightfoot was arrested by Madison County sheriff’s deputies shortly after 4 p.m. Friday.
Lightfoot faces charges of armed robbery, a Class B felony, and pointing a firearm, a Class D felony. He is being held in the Madison County jail on $20,000 bond.
A Class B felony is punishable by six to 20 years in prison, and a Class D felony carries a sentencing range of six months to three years.
Clase entered an automatic not guilty plea on his behalf, but refused Lightfoot’s request to appoint a public defender after Lightfoot said he had over $2,000 at home.
Lightfoot requested a speedy trial, and said he would rather represent himself in court rather than spend money on an attorney. He said he is confident he will be found not guilty on the charges.
“I know I can beat the case,” he told Clase. “I feel like hiring an attorney would be like throwing my money away. I feel like I know a little bit about this law thing.”
Because of the lengthy prison term the a conviction carries, Clase advised Lightfoot to give great consideration to representing himself.
“Well, you’re facing six to 20 years, so you may want to think about that,” he said.
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