Four people — Yvonne Irene Alexander, Austin Kyle Hernandez, Vernon Edroy Nisbett and Glenn Voice Payton — originally were charged after Bartow County Sheriff’s Office investigators said they orchestrated a home invasion at a Jordan Road residence. The four were charged with kidnapping with bodily injury, kidnapping, cruelty to children — deprivation of necessary sustenance in the first degree, robbery, aggravated assault, first-degree burglary, battery. Payton also was charged with theft by deception.
The jury found Alexander guilty on all counts and Hernandez guilty on all counts except the battery charge. Nisbett and Payton on Monday pleaded guilty to all counts, including a kidnapping charge that was reduced to false imprisonment.
Prosecutor Elizabeth York said kidnapping carries a mandatory life sentence.
Nisbett lured the homeowner away from the residence by asking for a ride to several places after 10:30 p.m. on the night of the incident. The four duct-taped the resident’s 12-year-old son and robbed the homeowner, taking a television, laptop, Xbox game system, a camera and accessories, totaling more than $2,000.
Judge Shepherd Howell ordered a pre-sentence investigation to be completed for both Alexander and Hernandez and scheduled a tentative sentence hearing date of Tuesday, March 18, at 9 a.m. for both defendants. A sentencing date has not been set for Nisbett and Payton.