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Tuesday, July 11, 2017 11:40 am

Man gets 6 years in robbery of teen

FRANK GRAY | The Journal Gazette

A man who arranged through Facebook to sell a juvenile a pair of sneakers and then robbed his would-be customer was sentenced Tuesday in Allen Superior Court to six years in prison for robbery.

Travon D. Holman, now 19, had set up the deal on June 4, 2016. When the customer appeared, Holman and an accomplice took the victim's money and cell phone.

The defense acknowledged that Holman had set it all up, but noted he didn't have a gun and had brought the shoes. It was also pointed out that Holman has a new child just a few weeks old.

The prosecution acknowledged that Holman wasn't the principle robber, but said he set it all up and verified that the victim had cash before his accomplice appeared with a gun.

The prosecution also told the court that Holman had been convicted of robbery, theft and carrying a handgun without a license as a juvenile, and that his criminal behavior has continued to escalate.

The woman who had the gun in the robbery, Nike-Shail White, now 20, was sentenced in April to a total of 10 years in prison for robbery while armed and pointing a firearm.