Teenager recharged with Nov. crime after charge dropped by mistake

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A teenager who pleaded guilty to robbing a pizza deliveryman and then had the conviction dismissed because of a series of administrative errors has been recharged for the crime.

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This time Tyrese Fowler is charged with aggravated robbery in Davidson County Criminal Court. 

The crime happened November 14 outside a Papa Johns on West End Avenue. Fowler was 15 years old at the time when Metro police say he walked up to a man, pulled out a gun and stole the man’s cell phone, $65 in case and pizzas.

Fowler was charged as a juvenile and days after the crime pleaded guilty in Davidson County Juvenile Court. A few days later, the judge was alerted Fowler had been convicted as an adult in Sumner County Criminal Court. 

State law mandates once a juvenile is tried as an adult in any court, he or she must be tried as an adult in every case thereafter. 

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The charge was supposed to be re-filed immediately but that didn’t happen until nearly 6 months after the crime. 

A new detective was assigned to this case but only because the detective who initially worked on the investigation was transferred to a different precinct, according to a Metro police spokeswoman.

This charge comes less than a week after Fowler was arrested in Davidson County on unrelated charges. 

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