Michael Allen Cobb, 19, was sentenced to 17 years in prison for aggravated assault, false imprisonment and burglary during the Sept. 21 home invasion at a residence located at 61 Lowry Lane off Boynton Drive in Catoosa County.
District Attorney Herbert E. “Buzz” Franklin, of the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit, said the sentence also included separate charges for aggravated assault and terroristic threats in a past incident at a local convenience store.
He said the district attorney’s office is pleased with the speedy sentence.
“This is a little bit unusual, but he already had a case that was pending,” Franklin said. “Overall we think this was a fair sentence.”
In exchange for Cobb’s guilty plea, Franklin said he agreed to drop an armed robbery charge for the home invasion, which carried a sentence of 10 years to life imprisonment.
Two other men also accused of participating in the invasion, Jeffrey Wayne Bearden, 26, and Marshall Dwane Guthrie, 37, both of Ringgold, have yet to be indicted by a Catoosa County Grand Jury, the district attorney said. He said the pair is charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault, false imprisonment and burglary.
Franklin declined to speculate on when that indictment will come, but said a trial date for the accused men may be set for January.
The men are accused of kicking in the door of the Lowry Lane residence and holding a husband and wife at gunpoint for 30 minutes while they searched the home for money, eventually fleeing the residence and taking only a car stereo. Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department deputies arrested the trio about 30 minutes later at a nearby convenience store, where they discovered a sawed-off shotgun and .380 handgun, along with ski masks and camouflage clothing in the suspects’ vehicle