Victims robbed in Statesville after answering Facebook ad


A Statesville man has been sentenced to a prison term after being convicted of robbery.

Lonnell Jakwon Williams, 22, was sentenced by Iredell County Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Joe Crosswhite to serve a minimum of eight years and a maximum of 10 years and eight months. A jury convicted Williams of robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon. The verdict was reached Thursday, Feb. 20.

Williams’ co-defendant, Jaylen Tony Jones, 21, of Statesville, is serving a minimum of five years and maximum of seven years after he pleaded guilty in July. He is currently at the Pasquotank Correctional Institute.

Williams and Jones were charged with stealing $150 at gunpoint on Oct. 3, 2018. Statesville Police officials said the two placed an ad on Facebook Marketplace advertising an Xbox for sale. The victims instant messaged them and agreed to purchase the Xbox for $150. They agreed to meet Williams and Jones in the 1300 block of Wilson Lee Boulevard at 11:30 a.m. When the victims arrived, police said, Williams and Jones walked over to their vehicle and a revolver-type handgun was pulled. They took the $150 and ran from the area, police said.

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