The Richmond Register

September 3, 2013

Three men avoid trial, plead guilty to robbery

By Sarah Hogsed
Register News Writer

RICHMOND — Three men who were minutes away from the start of their trial Tuesday morning chose to plead guilty to second-degree robbery.

Commonwealth’s Attorney David Smith recommended Tyler D. Gibbs, Channing Lee Roberts and Justin L. White each serve five years in prison. All three men are 20 years old.

The maximum sentence each could receive is 10 years.

The three men admitted to Madison Circuit Judge William G. Clouse that they had attacked Justin Goodlett outside a Sara Leigh Drive apartment March 27, 2011. They stole Goodlett’s cell phone and his wallet, which contained $13.

Goodlett suffered a broken nose and abrasions to his face, according to Smith. Goodlett was present Tuesday morning at proceedings.

All three defendants were 18 and students at Madison Central High School at the time of the robbery.

Gibbs, White and Roberts are set for sentencing 9 a.m. Oct. 25.

While this case has been pending in the court system for more than two years, Gibbs and White have racked up more felony charges in several cases.

In four additional cases, Gibbs is charged with first-degree bail jumping, tampering with physical evidence, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, second-degree fleeing or evading police, complicity to first-degree assault in a shooting and three counts of first-degree robbery.

White also is a co-defendant with Gibbs in last case, and he also faces three counts of first-degree robbery. A third man, William D. Hill, is a co-defendant in that case as well.

In addition, White and two other men are accused of attacking another inmate earlier this summer in the Madison County Detention Center. The victim suffered a punctured lung and other serious injuries.

White and his two co-defendants – Tony Gay, 22, and Boyd Neeley, 19 – are set to be arraigned at 11:30 a.m. Thursday on second-degree assault charges stemming from that incident.

Sarah Hogsed can be reached at shogsed@richmondregister.com or 624-6694.