By admin       2018-03-07

Dustin Earl Cotton will serve life in prison without parole after he was sentenced under the state’s recidivist statute Tuesday on charges stemming from a January 2017 armed robbery at a gas station. The 27-year-old had five prior felony convictions — all in Floyd County — before this case, Assistant District Attorney John McClellan said in Floyd County Superior Court. The most recent came in October 2017 when he was sentenced to 10 years on escape charges, which he pled guilty to, for slipping his leg cuffs and running from the courthouse earlier last year. The daylong hunt ended the night of May 8 when law enforcement officials pulled him out of the Etowah River around 10 p.m. Judge Billy Sparks sentenced Cotton to life on an armed robbery charge, and the recidivist statute does not allow for the option of parole — essentially making his sentence life without parole. He was also found guilty on charges of kidnapping, aggravated assault, hijacking a vehicle, as well as theft and stalking charges. “His past might have caught up with him a little bit,” said Assistant Floyd County Public Defender Jonathan Speiser.

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