After deliberating for 25 minutes, a jury on Tuesday found Terence Dante Legare, 44, guilty of aggravated assault of a store clerk with intent to rob.
The case stems from a Sept. 4, 2012 attack at a CVS store at 5846 Mableton Parkway, south of Veterans Memorial Highway.
Legare, who previously served time in state prison for drug and other offenses, admitted on the stand to drinking several beers that afternoon before driving to pick up his children, according to Kim Isaza, spokeswoman for the Cobb District Attorney's Office.
Isaza said, in the testimony, Legare said he stopped at the CVS to buy gum or candy to hide the alcohol, realized he did not have any money, and asked the clerk if he could come back later to pay.
The clerk testified that when she refused, Legare threatened to “blow her head off.”
Store surveillance video showed her backing away from the register with her hands up after he approached the counter, Isaza said.
Senior Judge Frank Mills of Cherokee County, who presided over the case as a visiting judge, sentenced Legare to 20 years, with 14 to serve.
Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney John Melvin prosecuted the case.Legare was represented by Marietta attorney Rick Christian.