RODERICK DEMAR LAWSON, age 24, was sentenced on July 17, 2014, in Houston County Superior Court for two counts of Armed Robbery, one count of First Degree Burglary, and two counts of Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime. Judge Edward Lukemire sentenced Lawson to Life without the possibility of Parole plus an additional 10 years to serve in prison without parole. Lawson earned the “no-parole” sentence because of several prior felony convictions on his record.
The charges in this case stemmed from a January 9, 2013, home-invasion robbery during which Lawson and a co-defendant entered into the victim’s residence at gunpoint and demanded various items. Numerous items were stolen during the robbery but only a few were ultimately recovered. Lawson and his co-defendant, who had pleaded guilty and testified at the trial, told the victims numerous times that if they did not cooperate, they would be killed.
Roderick Lawson was prosecuted by Houston Assistant District Attorney Greg Winters.
COMMENTS FROM ADA GREG WINTERS: “The Citizens of Houston County need to know that crimes of violence and intimidation will be punished severely. This man senselessly wreaked havoc on the lives of those terrorized in this home invasion. His poor decisions have earned him a spot behind bars for the remainder of his life. I am very pleased with the work of lead Investigator Tom Daly, Perry Police Department, and the sentence handed down by Judge Lukemire.”
COMMENTS FROM DA GEORGE HARTWIG: “Criminals that threaten Houston County citizens and put their lives at risk will not go unpunished. My committed prosecution team will continue to seek a full measure of justice for victims of these young, violent criminals.”