Black teen sentenced to five years in prison for stealing a pair of sneakers

Dayonn Davis
Dayonn Davis

Columbus, Ga. ( – Dayonn Davis, 18, has been charged with robbery for allegedly stealing a pair of sneakers three years ago.

He was 15 years old when he discussed buying a pair of Nike Oreo shoes – a black and white pair of sneakers often priced at over $100 – from its owner who was trying to sell the pair on Facebook. On Jan. 17, 2016, he arranged to meet with the owner.

According to prosecutor Sadhana Dailey, Davis was with someone else during the meeting and asked to try on the shoes. When the shoes fit, he told the seller, “These shoes is took.”

Davis’ companion then pulled out a pistol and everyone ran. Davis was quickly tracked down by Columbus police officers and the stolen shoes were found in his closet.

Davis claimed he did not know that his companion would pull out a gun. He named the second suspect but the victim could not identify the gunman in a photo lineup.

“He’s been extremely remorseful,” Dailey said.

Davis had been a consistent honors student at Kendrick High School before his grades dropped after the arrest.

“I was young at the time, so I wasn’t in my right mind,” Davis told Judge Bobby Peters, who sentenced him.

His mother also told the judge that he was just with the wrong person. But Judge Peters replied, “He’s the one with the shoes in his closet.”

Moreover, the judge decided that regardless if Davis intended for anyone to pull out a gun or not, he planned to take the shoes because he was the one who set up the meeting.

Consequently, Davis will spend five years in adult prison and 10 years on probation.

“Must be some valuable shoes,” the judge said.


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