A Cobb man was sentenced to life in prison yesterday, convicted of the armed robbery of a Mableton Waffle House, according to statement released today by the Cobb County District Attorney's spokesperson, Vic Reynolds, AJC reports.
Charles Bernard Anderson, 39, was convicted of his fourth felony on Thursday afternoon as he stood before jurors in the Cobb County Superior Court.
On Oct. 28, 2012, Anderson robbed the Waffle House at 7350 Six Flags Dr. During midday, he pointed a handgun at the cashier while his co-conspirator stood by the door as a lookout. Another accomplice waited outside in a getaway car. Anderson was arrested the next day. Both of his accomplices were arrested a few days later.
Earlier this year, one of the co-defendants, Kenneth Andre Eason, was sentenced to life in prison for armed robbery. The other co-defendant, Shantel Monique Washington, is being held at the Cobb County Detention Center awaiting trial.
According to Cobb Assistant District Attorney Courtney Mays, Anderson was offered a plea deal before going to trial, but he refused it.
“Mr. Anderson is a violent and dangerous man. When given the opportunity to accept responsibility for his actions by taking a plea, he refused it. He will now spend the rest of his life in prison, where he will no longer be a threat to society," said Prosecutor Courtney Mays said.
After the conviction, State Court Judge Henry Thompson spoke directly to Anderson and held nothing back as he told him how he felt about this numerous crimes.
"People like you have always been with us. People who would rather steal than work. It’s because of people like you that we have laws and prisons. That’s where the law says you have to go now," Judge Thompson said.
Per the Cobb County Sheriff's Office, Anderson was also charged with one misdemeanor count of public indecency on Oct. 29, 2012. He was also being detained for an unrelated charge in Clayton County.