Matthew Cooney pleaded guilty to multiple charges he faced from an incident in 2017 in Coweta County. The incident made the news as it involved his attack of a woman outside of a Kroger. He was accused of hitting the woman so many times in the face that she lost several teeth, broke her nose, and broke her eye socket. According to reports, he hit her so many times that witnesses said that she appeared dead.
Cooney faced the following charges:
- Aggravated Stalking in Georgia
- Aggravated Battery in Georgia
- Aggravated Assault in Georgia
- Terroristic Threats in Georgia
He pleaded guilty to all charges, and the judge sentenced him to 25 years in prison followed by 15 years on probation.
As a Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyer, I will outline the offense of aggravated battery in Georgia in today's post.
Aggravated Battery in Georgia
Aggravated battery is the next degree of severity from battery in Georgia. Battery is defined by law as: A person commits the offense of battery when he or she intentionally causes substantial harm or visible bodily harm to another. O.C.G.A. §16-5-23.
Aggravated battery is defined by law as: A person commits the offense of aggravated battery when he or she maliciously causes bodily harm to another by depriving him or her of a member of his or her body, by rendering a member of his or her body useless, or by seriously disfiguring his or her body or a member thereof. O.C.G.A. §16-5-24.
Just as with any other criminal offense, in order to convict an accused person, the state of Georgia must demonstrate that the accused person is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. There must be a demonstration that the accused person intended to make physical conduct, and that the victim suffered a severe disfigurement.
The penalty if convicted is a felony conviction and a period of confinement up to twenty years in prison.
If you or a loved one has been arrested, please contact our offices today. Having an experienced and knowledgeable Georgia Criminal Defense Attorney is of the utmost importance if you are facing a criminal charge. We will investigate all of the details involved in your case and apply whichever Georgia Criminal Defenses apply.