Man sentenced to life in prison for robbing Firehouse Subs | Crime
SMYRNA, Ga. -- A Smyrna man has been sentenced to life in prison for robbing a Cobb County restaurant last year.
Joel Stephen Easley, 31, was convicted after a three-day trial. He will be eligible for parole after serving 30 years.
Prosecutors said Easley robbed the Firehouse Subs on Camp Highland Road near East-West Connector last Feb. 17. He grabbed an employee from behind, put a knife to the victim's throat and demanded money.
The robbery only netted Easley $255 in cash, according to the investigation.
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Easley was no stranger to the restaurant. The victim testified that Easley visited the sub shop twice before robbing it, both times for ask for food.
The first instance was a few weeks before the robbery; the employee said he took pity on Easley and gave him a free sandwich. The second time, the victim said he couldn't give away more food, but encouraged Easley to apply for a job at the shop. Easley robbed the restaurant about an hour later.
"Mr. Easley rejected a young man's kindness and instead used violence to take what was not his, terrifying hardworking employees and innocent families in the process," Cobb County ADA Theresa Schiefer said.
After being sentenced, Easley pleaded guilty in a separate case to robbing a Smyrna Little Caesars. He was sentenced to 15 years, to run concurrent to his life sentence.