Stockbridge, Ga. - According to recent reports, the Henry County Police Department is asking for help to identify three men that have been accused of robbing a convenience store in Stockbridge yesterday.
The convenience store is attached to a gas station at the intersection of Georgia 155 and East Fairview. The three men entered the store brandishing guns early in the morning around 5:00 AM. They made it out of the store with what has been estimated as $2,000 in cash as well as other products.
As a Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyer, I will focus today's post on the law behind the offense of armed robbery as it is written in the state of Georgia.
Armed Robbery in Georgia
In order to understand the law behind the offense of armed robbery, first, it is necessary to look at the law behind robbery. O.C.G.A. §16-8-40 defines robbery in Georgia as:
A person commits robbery when they take property from another person or the immediate presence of another person with the intent to commit theft.
There are technically three ways that a robbery can be carried out. Through use of force, through intimidation, threat, or placing the other person in fear of immediate serious bodily injury to himself or another, or by sudden snatching.
Robbery is classified as a felony in Georgia. The penalties can include a prison sentence for a period of one to twenty years. However the consequences for robbing a person aged 65 or older increases the prison term to no less than five years and no more than twenty.
O.C.G.A. §16-8-41 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 have the appearance of such weapon.
Armed robbery is classified as a felony in Georgia. The penalties for an armed robbery conviction are severe. A conviction of Armed Robbery carries a potential sentence of ten to twenty years in prison with the very minimum being ten years in prison with no early release. Prison terms for life are another common penalty for Armed Robbery. The most severe penalty in Georgia for Armed Robbery is the death penalty.
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