According to reports, a gunman shot the door open during closing at the Ross Department Store in John's Creek last week. The caller said to 911, “The dude just shot the door open! Can you please send the police?”
He apparently confronted an employee who had the deposit in the bag during closing. He demanded that she drop the bags. He made off with $4,000 in less than a minute.
Police have reported that another Ross Store was hit in a similar manner in Gainesville. Right now, investigations are hinting that the two incidents are related.
As a Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyer, I will outline the offense of armed robbery in our state and the consequences faced if convicted.
Armed Robbery in Georgia
Armed Robbery in Georgia is defined by the Georgia Code as:
When a person with intent to commit theft, he or she takes property of another from the person or the immediate presence of another by use of an offensive weapon, or any replica, article, or device have the appearance of such weapon. O.C.G.A. §16-8-41.
Armed robbery is a very different felony offense than robbery in Georgia. Armed Robbery is classified as a serious violent felony. To demonstrate, I've listed out other criminal offenses that are classified as serious violent felonies below.
- Aggravated Sodomy in Georgia
- Felony Murder in Georgia
- Kidnapping in Georgia
- Rape in Georgia
- Murder in Georgia
- Aggravated Child Molestation in Georgia
If convicted of armed robbery, the penalty includes a mandatory minimum of ten years in prison. The sentence can range up to life in prison or even the death penalty depending on the circumstances surrounding the armed robbery.
Again, this is a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years. This ten year sentence cannot be probated - it must be served in prison.
If you or a loved one has been arrested for a felony offense, you need representation by a Georgia Criminal Defense Attorney. Our attorneys can help you with your case. A felony can change your entire life and the lives of your loved ones. Contact us today.