@White=[C] Two receive life sentences in home invasion
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Two people found guilty last month in a July 2013 home invasion were sentenced Tuesday.

Yvonne Alexander and Austin Hernandez were charged with kidnapping with bodily injury, kidnapping, cruelty to children — deprivation of necessary sustenance in the first degree, robbery, aggravated assault, first-degree burglary and battery. The jury in February found Alexander guilty on all counts and Hernandez guilty on all counts except the battery charge.

Bartow County Superior Court Judge Shepherd Howell on Tuesday sentenced both Alexander and Hernandez to life with 35 years to serve.

According to testimony, Vernon Edroy Nisbett lured the homeowner away from the residence by asking for a ride to several places after 10:30 p.m. on the night of the incident. Alexander, Hernandez and Glenn Voice Payton entered the home, duct-taped the resident’s 12-year-old son and robbed the homeowner, taking a television, laptop, Xbox game system, a camera and accessories, totaling more than $2,000.

In other court news, a jury in Judge Carey Nelson’s courtroom returned a verdict Wednesday morning.

The jury found Jason Barrett not guilty of two counts of aggravated child molestation and guilty of child molestation, false imprisonment, battery and three counts of simple battery. A directed verdict of not guilty for one count of child molestation was entered by the court at the close of the state’s case in chief.

The charges stemmed from an Aug. 19, 2011, incident in which Barrett, then 16, had sexual contact with a boy, 5.

Nelson ordered a pre-sentence investigation to be completed and scheduled a tentative sentence hearing date of Tuesday, April 15, at 9 a.m.