- Associated Press - Friday, January 9, 2015

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - Cobb County prosecutors say a man who took $255 during an armed robbery has been sentenced to life in prison.

District Attorney’s spokeswoman Kim Isaza said Friday that 31-year-old Joel Stephen Easley of Smyrna was sentenced on robbery and aggravated assault charges.

A Firehouse Subs employee testified that Easley held a knife to his neck during the Feb. 17, 2014 robbery.

The victim said Easley asked for free food weeks before and he gave Easley one out of pity. The victim said he told Easley he couldn’t give away more food the second time he asked, and encouraged him to apply for a job at the restaurant.

The victim said Easley robbed the sandwich shop about an hour later.

Prosecutors say Easley will be eligible for parole in 30 years.

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