In 2006, the Court found a defendant guilty of armed robbery where he threatened the victim with a knife and took money from him. The defendant threatened the man with a knife and then threw the knife on the bed. While the defendant admitted holding a knife in his hand, he argued that since he never harmed the victim, he was not guilty of robbery. The Court found that the defendant’s threats and demands were sufficient to establish the element of intimidation and that he did not have to actually harm the victim to be guilty. By testifying to the threats and holding a knife over him, the victim satisfied the requirements, and the defendant was convicted.
What about words alone?
In another case, in 2008, the Court of Appeals affirmed the conviction of armed robbery of the defendant. The Defendant, Jerome LeMon, went to a party with some friends. While at the party, he held a video camera in the face of girls and would ask them inappropriate questions. The host made LeMon leave, and he got into a car with two other men. While in the car, LeMon became infuriated and started yelling at the two other men. LeMon ordered them to turn over their cell phones, and when they refused, LeMon told them that he had a knife in his pocket, and he was going to stab him in the heart if he didn’t give up his phone. The man gave LeMon the phone, and he threw them on the floor of the car. The Court found him guilty of armed robbery because he threatened the two men with his knife to get them to turn over their cell phones.
Penalty for Armed Robbery in Georgia
Armed robbery is is a felony conviction in Georgia. The penalties for Armed Robbery in Georgia are very stiff. 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.
There are even stricter penalties for Armed Robbery of a Pharmacy. If you rob a pharmacy and steal prescription drugs and also inflict serious bodily injury upon someone during the crime, you will face a prison sentence of no less than fifteen years. You must do at least ten years in prison with no early release program available to you.
If you have a serious violent felony conviction anywhere in the United States, and then you are convicted or another serious felony in Georgia that does not require the death penalty, you will be sentenced to life in prison without parole.
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