Vernon Edroy Nisbett and Glenn Voice Payton were among four people charged with orchestrating a home invasion at a Jordan Road residence.
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. The other three 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.
For his part, Nisbett pleaded guilty to false imprisonment, cruelty to children in the first degree, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary in the first degree and battery. He was sentenced to 30 years with 15 to serve and no contact with the victims.
Payton pleaded guilty to false imprisonment, cruelty to children in the first degree, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary in the first degree, battery and theft by deception. Payton was sentenced to 40 years, to serve 20 in prison. He also is to have no contact with the victims.
The remaining two defendants — Yvonne Irene Alexander and Austin Kyle Hernandez — faced kidnapping with bodily injury, kidnapping, cruelty to children — deprivation of necessary sustenance in the first degree, robbery, aggravated assault, first-degree burglary and battery in Judge Shepherd Howell’s courtroom. A jury found Alexander guilty on all counts and Hernandez guilty on all counts except the battery charge.
Howell ordered a pre-sentence investigation to be completed for both Alexander and Hernandez and scheduled a tentative sentence hearing date of Tuesday, March 18, at 9 a.m. for both defendants.