by: Kerry Kavanaugh Updated:
GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - The investigation into two violent jewelry store robberies has uncovered a major problem inside a Georgia prison.
Gwinnett County investigators said this entire case was an eye-opener and something needs to change.
"None of us had experienced anything like this," said
He told Channel 2's Kerry
Deuntria Lyons was off the streets serving a
"It was almost
Gwinnett County police and the District Attorney's prosecutors brought this story to Channel 2 Action News because they hope it will be a wake-up call.
They said Lyons continued his crime spree because
"He sent text messages on where he wanted these guys to be, where to meet up, what he wanted them to do," said
In the first robbery, thieves
A month later, a crew used hammers to smash the cases and attack customers at Tara Fine Jewelry in Buford.
Eventually, police traced the stolen property to a relative.
When they questioned Lyons, they
Once in the Gwinnett County jail, investigators
"The victims should have felt safe at that point that he would serve his time and wouldn't victimize anybody else," said Assistant District Attorney Mike Morrison.
We reached out the Georgia Department of Corrections. A spokesperson sent a statement saying; "The Georgia Department of Corrections does not tolerate contraband and takes serious its mission to protect the public and run safe and secure facilities."
We are working to arrange an interview with the commissioner of the Department of Corrections on Thursday.
Yesterday, a judge sentenced Lyons to six consecutive life sentences, plus 20 years for the robberies he planned.
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