Georgia man Charles Bernard Anderson was just sentenced to life in prison for the armed robbery of Mableton Waffle House (7350 Six Flags Dr. in Mableton) on October 28, 2012. Anderson allegedly pointed a gun at a cashier during the heist while an accomplice watched the door. The last man waited in the car to escape after the robbery.
Anderson has been in jail since October 29, 2012, and this trial just took place recently. Evidence at his trial showed that he pointed a handgun at a cashier and demanded money. Anderson also had prior convictions for armed robbery, burglary, drugs, and firearm violations.
This was Anderson's fourth felony, but this time he will be spending the rest of his life in prison. Anderson was offered a plea bargain, but he attempted to fight it off. As a result, he received life in prison without the possibility of parole.
"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.
"People like you have always been with us," State Court Judge Henry Thompson told Anderson, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "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."
Kenneth Andre Eason, one of the accomplices, was also sentenced to life in prison for armed robbery, and the third accomplice, Shantel Monique Washington, is currently awaiting trial. Washington will most likely receive the same punishment because of his explicit actions.
Although life in prison is generally reserved for capital crimes, the state of Georgia has decided that life in prison is the necessary action to take dangerous men like Anderson, Eason, and Washington off the streets. Life in prison without the possibility of parole means that these men will never step a foot out of prison ever again.
Anderson's case is just one of many. Prosecutors all over the United States, not just in Georgia, are cracking down on crime. Stricter punishments are being handed out, and capital crimes may not be the only offenses that warrant life in prison anymore. These changes in the justice system will hopefully make the world a safer place.
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