Corinth youth ordered to prison for attack
CORINTH – A 14-year-old boy was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday after pleading guilty to using a butcher knife to threaten and rob an elderly Corinth man last September.
Dewayne Prather, a Corinth eighth-grader, was sentenced as an adult for the crime, committed at the victim’s home Sept. 23, Assistant District Attorney Jim Pounds said. The robber took $100 in cash.
At the recommendation of the victim, the state asked that seven years of the sentence be suspended and Prather be ordered to serve three years without the possibility of parole, Pounds said. If Prather commits another offense after release, he would face the additional seven years without parole, Pounds said.
Circuit Court Judge Thomas Gardner III accepted the state’s sentence recommendation.
The victim, who was not harmed, reportedly fired at his fleeing assailant but the youth escaped. However, officials said the victim saw Prather about two weeks later and notified authorities, who made the arrest.