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Iowa Teen Sentenced to 50 years for Carjacking

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines teenager involved in a violent carjacking has been sentenced to 50 years in prison.

The Des Moines Register reports that 17-year-old Terrance Cheeks, who was tried as an adult and found guilty of two counts of first-degree robbery, was sentenced Friday in Polk County District Court.

Cheeks and two other teenagers are accused of accosting several drivers in Des Moines in an attempt to steal a car in February 2013. The last victim suffered permanent brain damage.

Cheeks’ defense attorney had argued that his client only played a minor role in the carjacking, but prosecutors said Cheeks was just as complicit in the plot as the others.

The other two, 17-year-old Kenneth Barry and 16-year-old Leshaun Murray, were also tried as adults and await sentencing.

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