A 15-year-old mother of two has learned her sentence for her role in luring and robbing two men who responded to an Internet sex ad she posted.
Latesha Clay of Grand Rapids, Michigan, was sentenced to nine years in prison on Jan. 11. She pleaded guilty to armed robbery and unlawful imprisonment on Dec. 17, MLive reports.
The robbery occurred on Aug. 24, 2015. Police say Clay was with 17-year-old Monee Duepre Atkinson and 18-year-old Trayvin Donnell Lewis at a Motel 6 when they placed an ad on classifieds site BackPage.com, which alleged to be offering sexual services from a teenager, according to MLive. Atkinson and Lewis also face charges in the case.
The three allegedly had a system set up for luring their victims.
Atkinson would arrange the meetings through text messages or phone calls, while Clay would answer the door and collect the victim's payment, prosecutors said.
Finally, court documents say Lewis would run up to the victim, brandishing what appeared to be a gun but was in reality an airsoft gun with the orange tip removed.
MLive reports at least one of the two men who were robbed was forced by Atkinson and Lewis to drive to an ATM nearby to withdraw $300 and then drive them back to the motel.
The three were arrested after the victim called police, who discovered the teens, $650 in cash and the airsoft gun in a motel room.
Defense attorney Louise Johnson said Clay, her client, grew up with a "lack of a moral compass" but was "not a lost cause" and said the teen was wholeheartedly sorry for her role in the robbery.
Kent County Circuit Judge George Quist sentenced Clay at the low end of sentencing guidelines, according to MLive. He said Clay was given a significant prison sentence because of the seriousness of the crime committed, particularly the pressing a gun to the back of at least one of the victims' heads.