Two plead guilty in robbery case

CLINTON — Two men will serve a five-year mandatory sentence for felonies in connection with an October robbery.

Aaron D. Triplett, 31, appeared last week in Clinton County District Court and pleaded guilty to second-degree robbery, a Class C felony, and for being a felon in possession of a firearm, a Class D felony.

Because the robbery charge is a forcible felony, he is not eligible for a suspended sentence or deferred judgement. The parties agreed that for the robbery charge the mandatory minimum sentence will be five years and the State will not seek the habitual offender sentencing enhancement on the firearm charge. The sentences will run concurrently. The State will dismiss first-degree kidnapping and second-degree kidnapping charges at sentencing, with costs assessed to Triplett. The State will also dismiss one count of first-degree robbery at sentencing.

Sentencing is scheduled for 9:15 a.m. Jan. 24.

Antwan Evans, 31, of Plainfield, Illinois, pleaded guilty Dec. 20 to one count of second-degree robbery, a Class C felony, in connection with the case. The plea agreement says Evans was advised the charge is a forcible felony pursuant to Iowa Code, meaning he is not eligible for a suspended sentence or deferred judgement. The plea agreement says the parties agree the mandatory minimum sentence will be five years. Charges of first-degree kidnapping, second-degree kidnapping and dominion/control of a firearm/offensive weapon by a felon will be dismissed at sentencing, with costs assessed to Evans. Sentencing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Jan. 31.

Aubrey N. Davey, 22, of Madison, Wisconsin, appeared in October in Clinton County District Court and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit a forcible felony, a Class C felony, in connection with the case. The plea agreement says the State will recommend a suspended sentence and the minimum fine, surcharges, costs and attorney fees. Sentencing for Davey is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Feb. 7.

Tyrese B. Triplett, 27, is charged with first-degree kidnapping, a Class A felony; second-degree kidnapping, a Class B felony; first-degree robbery, a Class B felony; and being a felon in possession of a firearm, a Class D felony, as a habitual offender. He is charged in a separate case with one count of first-degree robbery, a Class B felony.

Clinton County District Court Judge Mark Lawson on Dec. 13 ordered Triplett to undergo a psychiatric evaluation to determine whether Triplett is suffering from a mental disorder preventing him from appreciating the charge, understanding the proceedings or assisting effectively in the defense. The evaluation will be limited to the question of competency and will not include or be a substitute for an evaluation in support of or in opposition to any mental disorder defense that may be pending or filed.

According to the court affidavit, at 6:55 p.m. Oct. 5, officers responded to the 300 block of Fifth Avenue South at the request of a public service officer, who was told people were being held at gunpoint. Officers met with three individuals. Two individuals said they, along with two others, were robbed at gunpoint by three black males around 4 p.m. in Davenport. The victims' cell phones, money and identification were taken from them, they said.

The affidavit continues that one male was placed into the trunk of a gold four-door passenger car with Wisconsin license plates. A female sat in the front passenger seat. Two other assailants got into the alleged victim’s vehicle. A second alleged victim was ordered to drive and follow the other vehicle to Clinton. The victim was removed from the trunk and placed into the back seat of the vehicle once they were in Clinton. The victim directed the driver to a male’s apartment.

The affidavit states the victim was eventually removed from the car and ordered to take them to the male’s apartment. The affidavit states the assailants took everyone’s cell phones from them in the apartment except one cell phone, which they broke. The assailants demanded to know where the money was and where the male was. The victim was given his cell phone back and ordered to call the male. The male answered the call and the phone was taken by one of the alleged assailants, who spoke to the male. Everyone in the apartment was ordered at gunpoint to lie on the floor and not move. The assailants left the apartment after speaking with the male.

The affidavit states officers contacted the Wisconsin State Patrol, which located a Gold 2006 Honda Accord registered in Davey’s name. An officer was told the Wisconsin State Patrol was involved in a high-speed pursuit with Davey’s vehicle around 1 a.m. Oct. 6. The vehicle was stopped and Tyrese Triplett, the driver, was arrested. Davey was the front seat passenger. The back seat passengers were identified as Evans and Aaron Triplett.