16 year old charged armed robbery using a play gun

16 year old charge as an adult using a play gun to rob the delivery guy for pizza. Could they send him to adult prison and for how long?

Asked on June 10, 2009 under Criminal Law, South Carolina


Bobby G. Frederick / Frederick Defense Firm

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

He/she can be charged as an adult.  Armed robbery carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and the maximum is 30 years.  In some cases the prosecutor will reduce the charge to strong-armed robbery for purposes of a plea, but there is no guarantee that the prosecutor will do so.  Strong-armed robbery, or common-law robbery, carries 0 to 15 years; there is no mandatory minimum sentence. 

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