Defendant Willie Mitchell, 46, was convicted of aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary.
On January 29, 2015, a man received a phone call from an unknown person posing as MLGW worker inquiring about reconnecting utilities. Shortly after the call, the man answered a knock on the door. The person outside the door identified himself as an MLGW worker there to check the water pressure. The victim’s girlfriend opened the door to find two male assailants; one masked individual later identified as Mitchell and one unknown individual armed with a shotgun. The men forced their way into the home making demands of the victim, his girlfriend and one other woman.
Mitchell and his accomplice tied the women up. The victim fought with the masked man, knocking the mask off his face. The victim then recognized the man as Willie Mitchell. While they struggled on the floor, Mitchell ordered the unknown gunman to take the victim’s wallet. After they took the wallet containing $2,000, both Mitchell and the gunman fled the scene.
Mitchell was later arrested and admitted to the robbery.
Mitchell, who has nine prior convictions for aggravated robbery and two prior aggravated kidnapping convictions, faces a mandatory 30 years at 100% on the aggravated robbery conviction. He faces 15 years for aggravated burglary when he is sentenced by Judge Lee Coffee in October.
The trial this week was handled by Asst. Dist. Attys. Stacy McEndree of the DA’s Special Prosecutions Unit (SPU).
The DA’s SPU seeks the maximum sentences under the law for repeat offenders.