Armed Robber Gets Life in Prison For Ga. Waffle House Holdup

| by Allison Geller

Charles Bernard Anderson, 39, will live the rest of his life behind bars after an armed robbery of a Georgia chain restaurant.

Anderson pointed a gun at a Waffle House cashier in Mableton, Georgia on October 28, 2012, and demanded cash. An accomplice watched the door and another waited in the car, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

The trio of thieves was foiled, however—for good. Anderson is being held in Cobb County Jail awaiting life in prison without parole. He was offered a plea, but refused it.

This is Anderson’s fourth felony conviction. He has previously been found guilty of armed robbery, burglary, and firearm and drug charges.

“People like you have always been with us,” State Court Judge Henry Thompson chided Anderson in court. “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.”

Assistant District Attorney Courtney Mays, who prosecuted Anderson, called the defendant a “violent and dangerous man.”

“He will now spend the rest of his life in prison, where he will no longer be a threat to society,” Mays said in a news release.

One of Anderson’s accomplices, Kenneth Andre Eason, will also face life in prison for his part in the armed robbery. The third co-defendant, Shantel Monique Washington, is awaiting trial.

Sources: Atlanta Journal Constitution, Smyrna-Vinings Patch