Man who robbed 3 Waffle Houses in 24 hours sentenced to life in prison

A jury convicted Robbin Haynes, 23, of armed robbery, aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony for the 2014 crime. (Photo via Cobb County government)
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A jury convicted Robbin Haynes, 23, of armed robbery, aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony for the 2014 crime. (Photo via Cobb County government)

A man convicted of robbing Waffle House restaurants in Cobb and Gwinnett counties will spend the rest of his life in prison.

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Cobb County Superior Court Judge C. LaTain Kell handed down the sentence Friday after a jury convicted Robbin Haynes, 23, of armed robbery, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony for the 2014 crime.

Haynes and another man, Otis Lee Barnes, used a gun and large, orange bolt cutters to rob restaurant workers off Highway 92 near Sandy Plains Road on March 13, 2014. They got away with $400.

That restaurant wasn’t the only one they hit.

Investigators say the pair robbed two other Waffle House restaurants the same way.

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In a release sent to WSB-TV, Assistant District Attorney Lauryn Perry, who prosecuted the case, said, "Mr. Haynes committed three armed robberies in about 24 hours. The first occurred in Gwinnett County, the second one in Cobb County and the last one in Gwinnett County. He showed a lack of compassion for his victims and a streak of violence that the state believes is reflected in his sentence."

Haynes was previously convicted in Gwinnett County for the two related armed robberies there and was sentenced to life in prison.

In addition to the life in prison sentence, the Cobb County judge also added a mandatory five years to serve in prison on the firearms charge. Haynes’ sentence will run concurrently with the sentence imposed in Gwinnett.

Barnes, 25, pleaded guilty to charges in both counties. He was sentenced in Cobb County to 20 years, with 10 years to be served in prison.

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