Winder, Ga. - According to reports out of Barrow County, a group of five juveniles have been arrested in Winder for robbing two teenagers at gunpoint.
The juveniles - a group composed of three boys and two girls - are facing armed robbery charges as well as reckless conduct in Georgia. The robbery occurred at a residence in a local subdivision off of Georgia 211 this past Wednesday afternoon. The juveniles were able to make it off of the property before police arrived. This led to a manhunt that lasted until Thursday morning.
Georgia Juvenile Laws are complicated and differ from other criminal laws. However, it appears that since they are facing charges of armed robbery, the juveniles' cases will be adjudicated in Superior Court.
As a Georgia Criminal Defense Attorney, I will focus today's post on the law behind the crime of armed robbery. Read below.
Armed Robbery in Georgia
O.C.G.A. § 16-8-41 of the Georgia Code defines armed robbery in Georgia as:
A person commits the offense of armed robbery when, 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 having the appearance of such weapon. The offense of robbery by intimidation shall be a lesser included offense in the offense of armed robbery.
A person convicted of the offense of armed robbery shall be punished by death or imprisonment for life or by imprisonment for not less than ten nor more than twenty years.
If the defendant commits armed robbery and in the course of the commission of the offense such person unlawfully takes a controlled substance from a pharmacy or a wholesale druggist and intentionally inflicts bodily injury upon any person, such facts shall be charged in the indictment or accusation and, if found to be true by the court or if admitted by the defendant, the defendant shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than 15 years.
An armed robbery conviction comes with a minimum of a ten-year sentence. This ten-year sentence cannot be waived or probated. This makes armed robbery more of a serious felony than other felony offenses in the state of Georgia.
Armed robbery is in the category of Serious Violent Felonies in Georgia. This category of felonies has more severe consequences.
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