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Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Robbing Lottery Winner

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Circuit Judge James Fensom sentenced Kelvin Jaquez Mack on Tuesday to 20 years in prison for his participation in an armed home invasion of a Florida Lottery winner.

Mack, 27, of 6005 Wallace St., was convicted Feb. 27 of principal to home invasion robbery with a firearm, false imprisonment and grand theft auto.

Assistant State Attorney Barbara Beasley told jurors that Mack and Rossi Armstead forced their way into Linda Marie Wilson's home the morning of Aug. 31, 2012.

They awoke Wilson and her daughter and demanded money at gunpoint. Wilson had recently won $90,000 in the state's Fantasy 5 game, a fact that was known to her cousin Mytrice Walker, who enlisted Armstead and Mack to commit the robbery. Walker then drove the gunmen to Wilson's neighborhood the night of the crime.

Beasley told jurors that Wilson fell asleep on the couch the night of Aug. 30, only to be roused by someone tapping her shoulder. She looked up to see a masked man pointing a gun at her and demanding her money. Wilson's teenage daughter was taken from her bedroom by the other gunman. Wilson explained that she wasn't keeping her winnings in her home, that it was in the bank. Mack then drove Wilson's daughter to several ATMs in a fruitless attempt to get cash. Finally, the two men left the residence with a mere $150 that they got from Wilson's truck.

Walker, when confronted by police, revealed the identity of the gunmen and her role in the robbery. She entered a plea to principal to home invasion robbery and was sentenced to six years in prison.

Armstead, 23, was convicted as charged July 31 of being a principal to home invasion robbery with a firearm, principal to kidnapping and principal to grand theft. Circuit Judge Michael Overstreet sentenced him March 3 to 20 years in prison followed by 10 years probation. Fensom sentenced Mack to 10 years in prison for the home invasion, followed by five years in prison for false imprisonment and then another five years in prison for grand theft. When his 20-year prison term has run, he will be placed on probation for five years.

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Information provided by the State Attorney's Office