Evidence presented at trial revealed the student (male, age 22) was robbed while walking from the campus on Walker Avenue near College Street on December 2, 2011.
Alvin Upchurch (age 18) and his accomplice Gerald Crawford (age 18) approached the victim on the sidewalk. Crawford blocked the man's path and stated that he looked like someone who robbed him. Upchurch pulled out a gun, pointed it at the man and ordered him to get on the ground and give up his belongings. Upchurch and Crawford robbed the man of $100.00, his wallet and a cellular phone. Upchurch and Crawford left the scene on foot. The Memphis Police Department robbery investigation led to the arrest of Upchurch and Crawford days later.
Upchurch and Crawford were both age 17 when the robbery occurred.
Aggravated robbery is a class "B" felony with a sentence range of eight (8) and thirty (30) years with no probation.
Upchurch will be sentenced on August 28, 2013 in Criminal Court Division VII. Gerald Crawford was indicted on aggravated robbery charges and will face trial on July 31, 2013.
Assistant district attorney Greg Gilbert, Division Leader in Criminal Court Division VI prosecuted the case in Division VII.
Judge Lee Coffee presided.