Convicted armed robber sentenced to life in prison

A circuit court judge this week sentenced a convicted armed robber to life in prison stemming from accusations that he cut King Street pizza parlor employee after stealing from a tip jar.

The Ninth Circuit Solicitor’s Office cited 51-year-old Alonda Barron Desaussure’s past as leading factor in Wednesday’s sentence.

Desaussure served a 30-year stint in prison following a 1987 conviction of assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct, according to the Solicitor’s Office.

He was also convicted of grand larceny, housebreaking, receiving stolen goods, burglary and robbery charges.

“Desaussure is the poster-child for seeking mandatory (life without parole). We are extremely grateful that the victim and the witnesses took an interest in this case and helped secure a conviction for the community. Too often, that is not the situation we’re in,” Ninth Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson said in a news release.

In October of 2010, a Gilroy’s Pizza employee told police that a man entered the parlor, at 353 King St., about 9:15 p.m., and stole about $10 from a tip jar.

The employee followed the man outside and demanded that he return the money, police said. Then, the robber pulled out a knife and cut the employee in the face.

Witnesses reported seeing the man ride away on a bicycle.

Attorney Aaron Mayer represented Desaussure after taking over the case in February, according to the Solicitor’s Office. Desaussure was previously represented by a public defender.

Assistant Solicitors Meg Haley and Spencer Compton prosecuted the case.

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