Polk County District Attorney Robert Brooks said he is pleased with the outcome of the trial of Reginald Lejames Davis.
"Given the facts of this case, the tough sentence handed down is very appropriate,” Brooks said. “This conviction is a reflection of hard work Assistant District Attorney Andrew Garland and dedicated law officers."
Garland prosecuted the case.
Davis, whose court officials say is from Cedartown, stood trial in Polk County Superior Court on charges of armed robbery, kidnapping, hijacking a motor vehicle and theft by taking.
He was accused, along with Marquita Lavale Alford, in an Aug. 24, 2011 incident where a man was carjacked, taken against his will, and robbed at gunpoint, according to court records.
Court records state the robbers took jewelry, a watch, a cell phone and cash.
According to the victim’s statements to police and prosecutors, Davis took him about 50 feet into the woods at gunpoint.
Alford has not had her trial, records said.
While the Cedartown robbery was a violent crime and played a role in sentencing, Garland said the judge’s stiff sentence was directly related to Davis being a repeat offender.
He had served 10 years in a Tennessee prison after being convicted on charges from two aggravated robberies, according to court documents.
Davis was released from the Tennessee facility July 26, 2011 and the Cedartown incident occurred Aug. 24, 2011, Garland said.
Information relating to the Tennessee cases could not, under law, be admitted as evidence in Davis’ Polk County trial. However, it could be admitted to the judge for sentencing.
Prosecutors submitted a notice to the judge regarding Davis’ repeat offender status after he was convicted by a Polk County jury in this case, according to court records.
Garland said a judge has little room in the law on sentencing such cases and had to stick to sentencing requirements.
The Chattanooga robberies occurred Aug. 19 and 20, 2001, according to documents.
According to police reports detailing a confession from one of the men involved, a group of five men robbed a Golden Gallon convenience store Aug. 19, 2001.
Davis and three of the men were from Cedartown. The fifth, from Chattanooga, was a relative of one of the men.
Reports state that Davis and two of the men went in to rob the store while two waited in the getaway car.
The confession states the same group robbed the Pawn-A-Rama shop in Chattanooga Aug. 20.
Davis and two others entered the pawnshop, threatened the shop owner and employee with guns, and tied them with duct tape, according to police reports.
Reports state the men stole $12,000 in jewelry, 17 handguns, around $3,000 in cash, a credit card, and two checks made out to the storeowner.