A Woodstock man convicted of armed robbery and aggravated assault by a jury in Cherokee County Superior Court in June was sentenced last week.
A jury on June 20 found Travis Cooper, 22, guilty of taking money from a local gas station while holding a clerk at gunpoint in 2017.
During a hearing on Friday Superior Court Judge David Cannon sentenced Cooper to 20 years of which 15 must be served in prison. He will be credited with time served in jail awaiting trial.
During the trial on June 20, the District Attorney’s Office presented nearly 100 pieces of evidence, including the shotgun used in the crime, surveillance video, cell phone records, and photos of the crime scene and Cooper’s apartment.
After deliberating about an hour, the Cherokee County jury found Cooper guilty of armed robbery, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and theft by taking.
At Friday’s sentencing hearing, Assistant District Attorney David Holmes recommended a sentence of 25 years to serve 20. After reading the victim’s written impact statement to the court, Holmes said that the victim still lives in fear and will for life.
“The only way to protect the citizens of Cherokee County is to put criminals like Travis Cooper in prison,” said Holmes. “Travis is dangerous. He deliberately planned this armed robbery and put the lives of many innocent people at risk. To this day, he has not accepted responsibility or even apologized. He needs to understand the gravity of his actions.”
The defendant was represented by Canton attorney Jeff Heller.
After hearing arguments from both the state and defense, Cannon called this a “disturbing case.” He added that during a plea hearing Cooper could have accepted responsibility for his actions and receive a reduced sentence.
“You made the wrong decision,” Cannon said to Cooper. “I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a case with this volume of evidence as to your guilt. Most heartbreaking is that you obtained $106 and you put everyone’s lives at risk. The reason there’s a mandatory minimum is it’s akin to attempted murder when you stick a gun in someone’s face.”
“Thanks to excellent work by the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office and Woodstock Police, the defendant was quickly arrested and we were able to secure a conviction,” said District Attorney Shannon Wallace. “Travis Cooper terrorized an innocent woman who will live the rest of her life with the memory of a shotgun pointed at her head. Hopefully this conviction and sentence will bring her some measure of peace.”