Following a one-day trial, a Criminal Court jury took less than 30 minutes to convict Michael Bailey, 44, of aggravated robbery, a crime that occurred six years ago.
Bailey originally pleaded guilty to the crime and was serving a 30-year sentence with no parole, but a technical error on the judgment sheet incorrectly indicated parole was possible. Bailey then withdrew his plea and asked for a trial.
Because of his lengthy criminal record, however, he automatically will be sentenced to life in prison without parole as a three-strikes offender when he returns to court on June 16.
Bailey was convicted of robbing a 24-year-old woman at gunpoint as she was getting out of her car on Oct. 14, 2008, in the 100 block of North Belvedere.< /div>
The woman was nine months pregnant – one day past her due date – and also had her 5-year-old son with her.
Bailey took her purse and keys and drove away in her Ford Taurus. He was arrested later and identified in a photo lineup.
The woman was not injured and gave birth to a son less than a week later.
Bailey’s record dates to 1990 and includes numerous convictions for thefts, assaults and aggravated robberies.
The robbery of the pregnant victim occurred just six days after he was released on parole.
The case was prosecuted by assistant district attorney Stacy McEndree, of the District Attorney General's Special Prosecution Unit.
The SPU prosecutes repeat offenders and seeks maximum prison sentences in an effort to address recidivism rates in certain crimes.