Daily Record: Parsippany Teen Sentenced As Adult for Two Armed Robberies

Local 17-year-old gets 10 years behind bars after pleading guilty to crimes at two Route 46 businesses.

A 17-year-old Parsippany teenager faces up to 10 years in prison for two armed robberies committed early last year, the Daily Record reports.

On Friday, a judge sentenced Cephas Bacon as an adult for incidents at a service station and a convenience store on Route 46.

Bacon turns 18 later this month.

Attorney Damon McDougall defended the youth and asked for leniency, citing Bacon's age and the fact that he was desperately looking for money to feed his drug addiction. Bacon's father argued that his son was under the influence of an older crowd.

Morris County Assistant Prosecutor Joseph Napurano countered that victims at a local Shell station and a Quik Mart were impacted negatively by the robberies. He added that since the January 2010 arrest, Bacon has been arrested twice for disorderly conduct and once for trespass.

Bacon could have received a sentence as high as 40 years in prison. Due to an agreement with the Morris County Prosecutor's Office, he was sentenced to 10 years on each of two counts of armed robbery, but the sentences will be served concurrently. He will have to serve 8 and 1/2 years before parole eligibility.

"We moved to handle this juvenile matter in adult court, due to our belief that if you are old enough to rob someone in this way, you are old enough to face the consequences, as you are a threat to the community," Morris County Prosecutor Robert A. Bianchi said in a statement sent to Patch. "This defendant will now serve at least 8 1/2 years in state prison before he can even be considered for parole."

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dee July 02, 2011 at 10:50 AM
And the Parsippany Board of Ed let him walk for graduation!
Mismatch July 02, 2011 at 12:38 PM
So he walked, big deal. At least he won't come out of jail officially uneducated. At the very least he can get a job pumping gas or working in the stations convenience store. He made his bed, he can sleep in it.
Jonathan Diaz July 02, 2011 at 03:31 PM
If he earned his education, why wouldn't you let him participate in graduation ceremonies. People make mistakes... people hang with wrong crowds... weren't you young once?
jwalsh July 02, 2011 at 03:55 PM
As well they should have. Unless you prefer a system of justice where one is guilty unless they can prove themselves innocent.
v derasmo July 03, 2011 at 12:57 AM
If he was sentenced to 10 years yesterday, that means he was already convicted of his crimes when he graduated. Convicted of armed robbery for drug money. And this kid walked with other graduates. Another great decision by the same person who let the Par Hills graduation start outside in a rain storm with tornado warnings..Nice job , Doc.
jwalsh July 03, 2011 at 06:36 PM
From the wording in the article it appears this was a pre-aranged plea. If true, there is no trial or separate penalty phase. So he was likely not determined to be guilty until this past Friday, a week after graduation. Allowing him to participate in the graduation ceremony was the right thing to do, attempting to prevent it would have been against American jurisprudence.
Alice Cooper July 06, 2011 at 04:20 PM
I ran with the wrong crowd when I was younger and learned my lesson real quick when I was almost sent to Juevi Hall for my sixteenth birthday, this kid was busted more than once. As the old saying goes, fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me, the town PD would be stupid to let this kid go.
Troy Stolt September 14, 2011 at 10:18 PM
how dare all of you, if you don't know Cephas you need to just keep your mouth shut because clearly you are so unhappy with your life that all you do is comment on this blog I feel sorry for you. Any one who speaks their mind so freely on a subject that you have no part in should be ashamed of themselves
NINO V February 03, 2012 at 04:11 AM
joel c February 15, 2012 at 06:24 AM
he was a great football player and a great friend tht fucked up if u knew him after this all happened he was a new person his senior year nd changed all my best wishes to him
joel c February 15, 2012 at 06:30 AM
nd fuck par high they a bunch of dumbasses running tht school and the parsippany police dnt do nothing but scratch their balls all day and beat up on little kids in lake hiawatha
Damon McDougal August 23, 2012 at 01:16 AM
This kid is a good kid who made one bad decision...im his lawyer. He is not a punk, he doesnt have a thug like mentality or glorify criminal lifestyle. this man reminds me of myself...intelligent athlete. one decision can break you....for a while...but I predict he will come out and be a strong productive man.
Bob weadababyitzaboy January 04, 2013 at 08:09 AM
Riggght mr lawyer "hes not a punk" really cause AFTER he was arrested, he was arrested 3 more times for other "punk like" activities...so obviously hedoes like the criminal life. As it stands he's not completely to blame i mean all thats really glorified by society nowadays is gangster bullshit and whorry intoxicated celebrities... but then again each of us makes our own decisions and we have to live with what we haved done
James January 04, 2013 at 12:19 PM
joel c you forgot to mention that you were arrested on drug dealing charges a few weeks ago. I guess you think you are a solid citizen and a great judge of character.


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