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Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Kemah Robbery
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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.

 

 

KEVIN PETROFF

FIRST ASSISTANT

GALVESTON COUNTY



Comments:
Never do that again. If that had been me, I would have walked back into the store and not gotten into my vehicle especially if ALL doors were unlocked.
Posted by Mary at 8/18/2017 1:01:56 PM

"The defendant entered a plea of guilty and requested that the jury assess his punishment. "

Bet he'll never do that again...
Posted by JF at 8/21/2017 1:25:04 AM

She should have laid on the horn, non-stop! But I guess you don't know what you'd do in a situation like this until it happens to you. Glad she's ok and extra happy this guy is going to prison.
Posted by dwright at 8/22/2017 10:25:49 PM

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