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Pair Convicted for 2013 Armed Robbery at MTSU


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Two men have been convicted of an armed robbery that occurred on campus September 2013, according to campus police.

A Rutherford County Circuit Court jury trial last week found Cephus D. Spicer guilty of aggravated robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery and possession of a firearm on school property.

Spicer is currently being held at the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center, awaiting a sentencing hearing scheduled for December 17.

He faces eight to 12 years in prison.

Marcus D. Preston, who was on trial alongside Spicer, pleaded guilty on Ocober 13 to criminal conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery and was sentenced to four years in prison.

Police reported that, at around 2:00 a.m. September 19, a female student was walking alone on campus when she was approached by Spicer and Preston. Spicer took the woman’s cell phone, iPad, backpack and other belongings at gunpoint.

Campus police Captain Jason Wofford said that the men had no affiliation with the university and were only on campus to commit the robbery.

Campus police located the two men on campus later. After an investigation, the they were charged. The victim’s belongings were recovered and returned.

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