GALVESTON – Galveston County
District Attorney Jack Roady announced today that a jury found Harold Cohen
Guilty of the felony offense of Robbery and sentenced him to Life in the
Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Cohen
was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Virginia Frank and Adam Poole in
the 405th District Court, with visiting Judge David Garner
presiding, and Calvin Parks representing the defendant.
The 24 year old female victim testified
that around noon on June 18, 2017 she was loading groceries into the trunk of
her car when she was approached by Cohen. Cohen twice asked for a ride
and then asked to use the victim’s phone. The victim would not agree to
either. The victim then unlocked her car and got in the driver’s seat to
leave. The defendant jumped in the passenger seat, pulled the victim by
the back of her neck and yelled for the victim to give over her keys.
When the victim would not let go of her keys Cohen punched her in the face 4-5
times. The victim eventually released her keys and defendant got out.
Surveillance video was played for the jury and showed the defendant next
approached the driver’s side, but then quickly around and began running through
the Wal-Mart lot. Two citizens heard the victim’s screams and chased
after the defendant, eventually catching him in a nearby parking lot and
detaining him until Kemah police arrived.
The defendant entered a plea of
guilty and requested that the jury assess his punishment. The defendant faced a
minimum prison sentence of 25 years because of two felony enhancements.
During trial the victim testified about the effects the incident has had on her
life. Prosecutor Frank also introduced 11 felony judgments and told the
jury “enough is enough.” The jury deliberated less than an hour before
finding the defendant guilty and sentencing him to life in prison.