Charles Bernard Anderson, 39, was convicted Thursday in an armed robbery at a Waffle House in Mableton in October 2012.
Anderson pointed a handgun at a cashier during the robbery, while one accomplice watched the door and another waited in a getaway vehicle, said Kim Isaza, spokesperson for District Attorney Vic Reynolds.
“Mr. Anderson is a violent and dangerous man. When given the opportunity to accept responsibility for his actions by taking a plea, he refused. He will now spend the rest of his life in prison, where he will no longer be a threat to society,” said Assistant District Attorney Courtney Mays, who prosecuted the case.
This is Anderson’s fourth felony conviction. His prior convictions were for armed robbery, burglary, drugs and firearms offenses, Isaza said.
State Court Judge Henry Thompson, who was sitting as a Superior Court judge, sentenced Anderson as a recidivist to the required life in prison without parole, Isaza said.
“People like you have always been with us,” Thompson told Anderson, who a jury took about an hour to convict Thursday. “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. The sentence is life without the possibility of parole.”
One codefendant in the case, Kenneth Andre Eason, was convicted of armed robbery last fall and sentenced to life in prison. The third codefendant, Shantel Monique Washington, is awaiting trial, Isaza said.