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Role in fatal robbery brings 20-year term

– Last week, 20-year-old Alisha Kizer headed to prison with a 20-year sentence ahead of her.

She pleaded guilty in December to a single charge of attempted robbery. In addition to the 20 years behind bars, Kizer will have an additional 10 years suspended and five years to be served on probation.

The stiff sentence was the result of the shooting death that occurred in that robbery attempt in June 2012. The man shot was 58-year-old youth center organizer Gregory Mitchell. He was known to Kizer, according to court documents, because he helped her and her sister.

And according to court documents, while Kizer was going through the house looking for something to steal to sell, her two accomplices were holding Mitchell at gunpoint.

When police interviewed Kizer in August, she said the three went to Mitchell's house to do "a lick," slang for a robbery. Both men with her were armed with handguns, and wearing dark clothes when they confronted Mitchell in the upstairs of his home at 1911 S. Clinton St.

Mitchell fought back, as Kizer described by trying "to be a hero." She told police the men fought with him, struggling down the stairs even after gunshots were heard, according to court documents.

She said she heard more gunshots, but she was looking for things to sell.

As the three left Mitchell's home Kizer wiped down the doorknob, an effort to erase any trace of fingerprints, according to court documents.

Kizer is now headed for the Indiana Department of Correction.

But no information has been released about the men she said were inside the home with her in June 2012.

Officials with the prosecutor's office said no other arrests have been made and no additional charges have been filed.