Ellis sentenced to 22 years

Published 11:00 pm Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The man accused of raping two women at Hunter’s Mountain Mobile Estates earlier this year is now serving a 22-year sentence on an unrelated charge.

Andre Lamon Ellis was found guilty of first-degree theft of property by a jury on Aug. 13 and was sentenced Tuesday.

Ellis was arrested in March 2011 after receiving a loan worth $12,750 from First National Bank of Brundidge for a 2002 Chevrolet Corvette he never purchased from Troy Automotive Group, LLC, according to court testimony.

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Evidence presented by the prosecution at the trial suggested that Ellis forged documents at Troy Automotive Group, where he was employed, in order to get the loan from First National Bank in August 2009. The prosecution claimed Ellis acted without any intention of buying the car or repaying the loan.

Ellis later sold the car to a separate party in December 2009, leading the prosecution to conclude he never had any intention of buying the car, but only sought to acquire the money from the bank.

Theft of property first-degree is a class B felony. Ellis is awaiting trial in the two rape cases.